Navigation Links
Marginal lands are prime fuel source for alternative energy
Date:1/16/2013

Marginal lands those unsuited for food crops can serve as prime real estate for meeting the nation's alternative energy production goals.

In the current issue of Nature, a team of researchers led by Michigan State University shows that marginal lands represent a huge untapped resource to grow mixed species cellulosic biomass, plants grown specifically for fuel production, which could annually produce up to 5.5 billion gallons of ethanol in the Midwest alone.

"Understanding the environmental impact of widespread biofuel production is a major unanswered question both in the U.S. and worldwide," said Ilya Gelfand, lead author and MSU postdoctoral researcher. "We estimate that using marginal lands for growing cellulosic biomass crops could provide up to 215 gallons of ethanol per acre with substantial greenhouse gas mitigation."

The notion of making better use of marginal land has been around for nearly 15 years. However, this is the first study to provide an estimate for the greenhouse gas benefits as well as an assessment of the total potential for these lands to produce significant amounts of biomass, he added.

Focusing on 10 Midwest states, Great Lakes Bioenergy researchers from MSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory used 20 years of data from MSU's Kellogg Biological Station LTER Site to characterize the comparative productivity and greenhouse gas impacts of different crops, including corn, poplar, alfalfa and old field vegetation.

They then used a supercomputer to identify and model biomass production that could grow enough feedstock to support a local biorefinery with a capacity of at least 24 million gallons per year. The final tally of 5.5 billion gallons of ethanol represents about 25 percent of Congress' 2022 cellulosic biofuels target, said Phil Robertson, co-author and MSU professor of crop, soil and microbial sciences.

"The value of marginal land for energy production has been l
'/>"/>

Contact: Layne Cameron
Layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Scientists uncover strong support for once-marginalized theory on Parkinsons disease
2. Landsat senses a disturbance in the forest
3. Desert Research Institute scientist selected to help guide next USGS, NASA Landsat Mission
4. Tigers roar back: Good news for big cats in 3 key landscapes
5. CCNY landscape architect offers storm surge defense alternatives
6. Indirect effects of climate change could alter landscapes
7. Degraded military lands to get ecological boost from CU-led effort
8. Climate change increases stress, need for restoration on grazed public lands
9. UK butterfly populations threatened by extreme drought and landscape fragmentation
10. Cellular landscaping: Predicting how, and how fast, cells will change
11. Global economic pressures trickle down to local landscape change, altering disease risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Marginal lands are prime fuel source for alternative energy
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Infinisource has launched its new NXG series of ... G2 sets a higher standard for collecting attendance and labor ... With plug-and-play installation, touch screen interface and seamless connection to ... time collection solution for the small to mid-size employer. ...
(Date:12/22/2014)...  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD and NXTDW) ("NXT-ID" ... growing mobile commerce market, announces it has retained famous pickpocket, ... 2015 International CES debut of the Wocket™ biometric smart wallet.  ... the NXT-ID booth January 6th and 7 th , 2015, ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 2014 Holiday Season may be the brightest ever for ... the long anticipated floodgates for consumer biometrics may finally ... phones, tablets, and wearable mobile devices that incorporate biometrics ... with nearly 4.8 billion biometric devices by 2020.   ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Infinisource's NXG series sets new time clock standard 2NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 2NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 3NXT-ID Hires Master Pickpocket and Security Consultant Apollo Robbins for Wocket Smart Wallet CES 2015 Debut 4First Season of Holiday Shopping with Mobile Biometric Payments Wraps Up With a Present for Biometrics Industry: A Rosy Forecast for More Than 2 Billion Users of 4.8 Billion Mobile Biometric Devices by 2020 2
... Understanding how life started remains a major challenge for ... ,Frontiers of Science, conference in Sicily in October, scientists ... applies complex systems theory to the chemistry that preceded ... yield ample evidence about what Earth was like when ...
... Springer,s Humana Press journal Neuroinformatics describes ... inventory of web-based neurosciences data, resources and tools ... computer connected to the Internet. An initiative ... Neuroscience Research, the NIF will advance neuroscience research ...
... to our lives in remarkable ways by providing food ... biodiversity, yet they are experiencing loss and degradation on ... covered with water for long enough periods to support ... not all wet year-round. The areas include marshes, swamps, ...
Cached Biology News:Complex systems and Mars missions help understand how life began 2Complex systems and Mars missions help understand how life began 3Neuroinformatics special issue spotlights the Neuroscience Information Framework 2Value of satellites recognized for conserving wetlands 2Value of satellites recognized for conserving wetlands 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 GEA Niro ... table top laboratory homogenizer, the PandaPLUS 2000, which is ... nanoemulsions , and cell disruption . This compact ... products, fruit juices, liquid food, food additives and ingredients ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of smart ... 2014 was a record-breaking year across the board for the ... Smart Data Platform and our Smart Data solutions, our customers ... data which led to record growth for the company in ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Protocol Networks ... The growing team of brand-neutral, independent consultants, Protocol Networks ... Rogers explained that over the years, his company has ... Moroso, Town of Plainfield, as well as others. With ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Pipette.com has added the Eppendorf ... portfolio of Eppendorf products. , The Eppendorf Centrifuge 5424/5424 ... 5424/5424 R and receive the following:, , ... or Eppendorf Reference 2 ,     3 Free ...
Breaking Biology Technology:GEA Niro Soavi Announces the PandaPLUS 2000 Homogenizer for Processing New Applications for Nanoemulsions and Cell Disruption 2Cambridge Semantics Announces Record Results for 2014 2Protocol Networks Brings Independent Technology Consulting to the Constitution State 2Eppendorf Announces Promotional Bundle Which Includes: Eppendorf Centrifuge 5424, 3-Pack of Pipettes, and Tips - Available Now at Pipette.com 2
... Financial Results , , VANCOUVER, July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech ... a conference call discussing its financial results for the second quarter ... AM ET (8:00 AM Pacific). , , , ... is as, follows:, North America ...
... REYKJAVIK, Iceland, July 6 Scientists at deCODE genetics (Nasdaq: ... the United States today present in the journal Nature ... basal cell carcinoma (BCC) that affect people with fair and ... variants in the sequence of the human genome (SNPs) linked ...
... SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 Tomorrow, Corey Reich, an ALS ... Giants and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball games this ... Institute (ALS TDI). Corey will attend both baseball games ... disease) a neurodegenerative disease of which he suffers and for ...
Cached Biology Technology:It's Not Just the Sun: deCODE Discovers Sequence Variants Affecting Susceptibility to Skin Cancer 2It's Not Just the Sun: deCODE Discovers Sequence Variants Affecting Susceptibility to Skin Cancer 3It's Not Just the Sun: deCODE Discovers Sequence Variants Affecting Susceptibility to Skin Cancer 4Bay Area Youth to Represent ALS Patients at Giants' and Angels' Baseball Games on July 4th 2Bay Area Youth to Represent ALS Patients at Giants' and Angels' Baseball Games on July 4th 3
Component in MasterPure™ Purification Kits...
...
Tris-EDTA Buffer Solution, 1X, pH 8.0, sterile...
Human Cell Line Slides...
Biology Products: