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Handbook of Bioenergy Crop Plants

Edited by: Chittaranjan kole , Chandrashekhar P. Joshi , David R. Shonnard

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439816844
eBook ISBN: 9781315099255
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b11711
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Book description

As the world?s population is projected to reach 10 billion or more by 2100, devastating fossil fuel shortages loom in the future unless more renewable alternatives to energy are developed. Bioenergy, in the form of cellulosic biomass, starch, sugar, and oils from crop plants, has emerged as one of the cheaper, cleaner, and environmentally sustainable alternatives to traditional forms of energy. Handbook of Bioenergy Crop Plants brings together the work of a panel of global experts who survey the possibilities and challenges involved in biofuel production in the twenty-first century.

Section One explores the genetic improvement of bioenergy crops, ecological issues and biodiversity, feedstock logistics and enzymatic cell wall degradation to produce biofuels, and process technologies of liquid transportation fuels production. It also reviews international standards for fuel quality, unique issues of biofuel-powered engines, life-cycle environmental impacts of biofuels compared with fossil fuels, and social concerns.

Section Two examines commercialized bioenergy crops, including cassava, Jatropha, forest trees, maize, oil palm, oilseed Brassicas, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane, and switchgrass.

Section Three profiles emerging crops such as Brachypodium, diesel trees, minor oilseeds, lower plants, Paulownia, shrub willow, sugarbeet, sunflower, and sweet potato. It also discusses unconventional biomass resources such as vegetable oils, organic waste, and municipal sludge.

Highlighting the special requirements, major achievements, and unresolved concerns in bioenergy production from crop plants, the book is destined to lead to future discoveries related to the use of plants for bioenergy production. It will assist in developing innovative ways of ameliorating energy problems on the horizon.

Table of contents

Chapter  1:  Conventional and Molecular Breeding for Improvement of Biofuel Crops Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Genomics for Bioenergy Production Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Genetic Engineering for Bioenergy Crops Download PDF
Chapter  4:  In Planta Production of Cell Wall Degrading Enzymes Download PDF
Chapter  5:  From Plant Cell Walls to Biofuels—Arabidopsis thaliana Model Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Ecologically Sustainable Bioenergy Cropping Systems Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Biomass Harvest and Logistics Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Chemical Engineering for Bioenergy Plants Download PDF
Chapter  9:  International Fuel Quality Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Biofuel Use from Bioenergy Crops Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Life-Cycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Biofuels and Biomass Electricity Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Public Policies, Economics, Public Perceptions, and the Future of Bioenergy Crops Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Cassava Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Jatropha Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Forest Trees Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Maize Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Oil Palm Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Oilseed Brassicas Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Sorghum Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Soybean Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Sugarcane Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Switchgrass Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Brachypodium Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Diesel Trees Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Minor Seed Oils Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Lower Plants Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Paulownia Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Shrub Willow Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Sugarbeet Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Sunflower Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Sweetpotato Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Organic Farm Waste and Municipal Sludge Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Vegetable Oils Download PDF
prelims Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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