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A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy

  • Andrea Monti
  • Provides an introduction and thorough examination of switchgrass; a biomass crop with vast bioenegertic potential

  • Explores the energetic, environmental, social, and economic benefits of switchgrass

  • Includes clear figures and data tables to clearly establish the crop's physiology and to support the discussions it's potential impact


Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David J. Parrish, Michael D. Casler, Andrea Monti
    Pages 1-28
  3. Michael D. Casler
    Pages 29-53
  4. Walter Zegada-Lizarazu, Stan D. Wullschleger, S. Surendran Nair, Andrea Monti
    Pages 55-86
  5. Matt A. Sanderson, Marty Schmer, Vance Owens, Pat Keyser, Wolter Elbersen
    Pages 87-112
  6. Rob Mitchell, Marty Schmer
    Pages 113-127
  7. R. Howard Skinner, Walter Zegada-Lizarazu, John P. Schmidt
    Pages 129-152
  8. Venkatesh Balan, Sandeep Kumar, Bryan Bals, Shishir Chundawat, Mingjie Jin, Bruce Dale
    Pages 153-185
  9. Anthony Turhollow, Francis Epplin
    Pages 187-203
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 205-209

About this book


The demand of renewable energies is growing steadily both from policy and from industry which seeks environmentally friendly feed stocks. The recent policies enacted by the EU, USA and other industrialized countries foresee an increased interest in the cultivation of energy crops; there is clear evidence that switchgrass is one of the most promising biomass crop for energy production and bio-based economy and compounds. Switchgrass: A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy provides a comprehensive guide to  switchgrass in terms of agricultural practices, potential use and markets, and environmental and social benefits.

Considering this potential energy source from its biology, breed and crop physiology to its growth and management to the economical, social and environmental impacts, Switchgrass: A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy brings together chapters from a range of experts in the field, including a foreword from Kenneth P. Vogel, to collect and present the environmental benefits and characteristics of this a crop whit the potential to mitigate the risks of global warming by replacing fossil fuels.

 Including clear figures and tables to support discussions, Switchgrass: A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy provides a solid reference  for anyone with interest or investment in the development of bioenergy; researchers policy makers and stakeholders will find this a key resource.


Bio-based Products Bioenergy Market Carbon Saving Energy Production Switchgrass Cultivation

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrea Monti
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Agroenvironmental ScienceUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

About the editors

Andrea Monti is Assistant Professor in Crop Science at the University of Bologna, Italy. He received his PhD in Crop Science from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2002.

Authors by Chapter:
Foreword. Kenneth P Vogel
Chapter 1.David J. Parrish, Michael D. Casler and Andrea Monti
Chapter 2. Michael D. Casler
Chapter 3. Walter Zegada-Lizarazu, Stan D. Wullschleger, S. Surendran Nair and Andrea Monti
Chapter 4. Matt A. Sanderson, Marty Schmer, Vance Owens, Pat Keyser and Wolter Elbersen
Chapter 5. Rob Mitchell and Marty Schmer
Chapter 6. R. Howard Skinner, Walter Zegada-Lizarazu and John P. Schmidt
Chapter 7. Venkatesh Balan, Sandeep Kumar, Bryan Bals, Shishir Chundawat, Mingjie Jin and Bruce Dale
Chapter 8. Anthony Turhollow and Francis Epplin

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Switchgrass
  • Book Subtitle A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy
  • Editors Andrea Monti
  • Series Title Green Energy and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Green Energy,Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4471-2902-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-5975-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-2903-5
  • Series ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series E-ISSN 1865-3537
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Renewable and Green Energy
    Renewable and Green Energy
    Sustainable Development
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From the reviews:

“The editor, Andrea Monti, assembled a group of distinguished authors who have not only provided comprehensive documentation of research conducted on switchgrass, but also unique and valuable analyses of this information that have not been published elsewhere. … It is a recommended reference for anyone who has an interest in switchgrass … . it will be recommended reading for my undergraduate students, and required reading for my graduate students.” (David Bransby, BioEnergy Research, Vol. 5, 2012)