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Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems by Douglas L. Karlen
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Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems presents acomprehensive overview of how cellulosic energy crops can besustainably produced and converted to affordable energy throughliquid fuels, heat and electricity.

The book begins with an introduction to cellulosic feedstocks,discussing their potential as a large-scale sustainable energysource, and technologies for the production of liquid fuels, heatand electricity. Subsequent chapters examine miscanthus,switchgrass, sugarcane and energy cane, sorghums and crop residues,reviewing their phylogeny, cultural practices, and opportunitiesfor genetic improvement. This is followed by a detailed focus onwoody crops, including eucalyptus, pine, poplar and willow.Critical logistical issues associated with both herbaceous andwoody feedstocks are reviewed, and alternate strategies forharvesting, transporting, and storing cellulosic materials are alsoexamined. The final sectionof the booktackles the challenge ofachieving long-term sustainability, addressing economic,environmental and social factors.

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems is a valuable resourcefor academics, students and industry professionals working in thefield of biomass cultivation and conversion, bioenergy, cropscience and agriculture.

Topics covered include:

  • Identifying suitable cellulosic energy crops that are adaptedto a wide range of climates and soils
  • Best management practices for sustainably growing, harvesting,storing, transporting and pre-processing these crops
  • The development of integrated cellulosic energy croppingsystems for supplying commercial processing plants
  • Challenges and opportunities for the long-term sustainabilityof cellulosic energy crops

 This book was conceived and initiated by David I.Bransby, Professor of Energy and Forage Crops in the Department ofCrop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Auburn University,USA.

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Wiley; February 2014
400 pages; ISBN 9781118676325
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Author: Douglas L. Karlen
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