Biofuel Cropping Systems
Carbon, Land and Food
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The book highlights major biofuel production chains including:
cane cultivation in Brazil
corn ethanol in the USA
wheat and rapeseed in Europe
oil palm in the Far East
cane in Asia and Africa
SRC and other lignocellulosic crops.
In each case the development, cropping systems and impacts are discussed, system dynamics are shown and lessons drawn for the way things could or should change.
Biofuel Cropping Systems is a vital resource for all those who want to understand the way biofuels are produced and how they impact other elements of society and especially how improvements can be made. It is a handbook for students, biofuel producers, researchers and policymakers in energy and agriculture.
Part 1: Biofuels, Land and Carbon: An Introduction 1. General Introduction: Biofuels and their Role in Cropping Systems 2. Land Cover and Land Use 3.Input Use and Crop Production 4. Assesing Greenhouse Gas Emissions 5. Land Rights, Legal Issues and Social Impacts of Biomass Production Part 2: Biofuels in Practice: Crop Production Systems Around the Globe 6. Biofuel Production in Brazil 7. Biofuel Production in the USA 8. Biofuel Production in the EU 9.Sugarbeet Ethanol in the EU 10. Oilpalm diesel in the Far East 11. Biofuel Production in Southern Africa 12. Biofuel Production in China 13.Lignocellulosic Crops 14. Biomass production from Waste Agricultural Biomass 15.Impact on Land and Biomass Availability 16: Outlook
John Dixon is Principal Adviser, Research Programmes at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Canberra, Australia.
Herman van Keulen was trained as a soil scientist and production ecologist at Wageningen University. During his career, he wrote many crop growth models. Herman developed innovative concepts in soil water modelling and sustainability research and has been an expert on crop growth, animal production systems and sustainable land use for over four decades. During his career, Herman was recognized internationally as a giant in his field. His knowledge of crop production around the world was encyclopaedic and his readiness to share his wisdom was a constant support for many around him.