Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry

Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Production of Energy and Co-products

Editors: Mascia, Peter N., Scheffran, Jürgen, Widholm, Jack M. (Eds.)

  • Discusses the possible uses of plant biomass
  • Covers cutting-edge research and development
  • Written by leading scientists
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The successful use of plant biomass for the sustainable production of energy and co-products such as chemicals is critically important for the future of humanity. Large scale exploitation of biomass is needed to decrease the production of greenhouse gases and help mitigate global warming, to provide energy security in the face of declining petroleum reserves, to improve balance of payment imbalances, and to spur local economic development. This volume discusses such uses of plant biomass as well as ways to improve the productivity and composition of plant species, including trees, perennial and annual grasses, oil-producing plants and algae, that have the potential to produce substrates such as sugar, starch, oil and cell walls, as well as energy and co-product substrates. The problems of invasiveness and gene dispersal are discussed, as are ways to mitigate these. Among the topics covered are models for integrated biorefineries to produce many co-product chemicals, the use of corn stover to power ethanol plants, life cycle analysis of biofuels, and criteria for biomass sustainability and certification. This is indeed an exciting and fast-moving time for advocates of plant biomass-based technology.

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“Conversion of biomass to ethanol, diesel substitutes, and other biofuels is the only option for significantly reducing dependence on petroleum for the liquid fuels that are essential to air travel, heavy-duty trucking, and long-distance travel. Here, the editors have compiled expert contributions and perspectives on a wide range of topics. … The contributors are invariably realistic and sober about the challenges and achievements possible. … Summing Up: Recommended. Students of all levels, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (W. Loescher, Choice, Vol. 48 (8), April, 2011)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction Overview: World Energy Resources and the Need for Biomass for Energy and Lower Fossil Carbon Dioxide Emissions

    Wyman, Charles E.

    Pages 3-23

  • Designing Biomass Crops with Improved Calorific Content and Attributes for Burning: a UK Perspective

    Allison, Gordon G. (et al.)

    Pages 25-55

  • Designing Plants To Meet Feedstock Needs

    Mascia, Peter N. (et al.)

    Pages 57-84

  • Engineering Advantages, Challenges and Status of Sugarcane and other Sugar-Based Biomass Resources

    Dante, Ricardo A. (et al.)

    Pages 87-109

  • High Fermentable Corn Hybrids for the Dry-Grind Corn Ethanol Industry

    Ream, Joel E. (et al.)

    Pages 111-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Production of Energy and Co-products
Editors
  • Peter N. Mascia
  • Jürgen Scheffran
  • Jack M. Widholm
Series Title
Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry
Series Volume
66
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-13440-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-13440-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-13439-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26499-3
Series ISSN
0934-943X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 458
Number of Illustrations and Tables
37 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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