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Solar arrays could be used as resources for plant productivity, study shows

Oregon State University scientists have found a resource to increase agricultural production on dry, unirrigated farmland—solar panels.  In a study published Thursday in the journal PLOS One, a research team in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences found that grasses favored by sheep and cattle thrive in the shade of a solar array installed in a pasture on the OSU campus.  The results of the OSU study indicate that locating solar panels on pasture or agricultural fields could increase crop yields, said corresponding author Chad Higgins, an associate professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering.  Read more...



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