Cellulosic biofuel contributions to a sustainable energy future: Choices and outcomes

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Cellulosic crops are projected to provide a large fraction of transportation energy needs by mid-century. However, the anticipated land requirements are substantial, which creates a potential for environmental harm if trade-offs are not sufficiently well understood to create appropriately prescriptive policy. Recent empirical findings show that cellulosic bioenergy concerns related to climate mitigation, biodiversity, reactive nitrogen loss, and crop water use can be addressed with appropriate crop, placement, and management choices. In particular, growing native perennial species on marginal lands not currently farmed provides substantial potential for climate mitigation and other benefits.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Article numbereaal2324
JournalScience
Volume356
Issue number6345
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 30 2017

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Cellulosic biofuel contributions to a sustainable energy future : Choices and outcomes. / Robertson, G. Philip; Hamilton, Stephen K.; Barham, Bradford L.; Dale, Bruce E.; Izaurralde, R. Cesar; Jackson, Randall D.; Landis, Douglas A.; Swinton, Scott M.; Thelen, Kurt D.; Tiedje, James M.

In: Science, Vol. 356, No. 6345, eaal2324, 30.06.2017.

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Robertson GP, Hamilton SK, Barham BL, Dale BE, Izaurralde RC, Jackson RD et al. Cellulosic biofuel contributions to a sustainable energy future: Choices and outcomes. Science. 2017 Jun 30;356(6345). eaal2324. Available from, DOI: 10.1126/science.aal2324
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