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Land Allocation for Biomass Crops

Challenges and Opportunities with Changing Land Use

  • Ruopu Li
  • Andrea Monti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ruopu Li, Andrea Monti
    Pages 1-6
  3. Javier Sánchez, Pedro Luis Aguado, María Dolores Curt, Jesús Fernández
    Pages 7-38
  4. Bruno Barbosa, Jorge Costa, Ana Luisa Fernando
    Pages 83-102
  5. Gabriel Granco, Marcellus Caldas, Allen Featherstone, Ana Cláudia Sant’Anna, Jason Bergtold
    Pages 103-123
  6. Lyubov A. Kurkalova, Dat Q. Tran
    Pages 145-157
  7. Yucui Zhang, Qiaoli Hu, Dengpan Xiao, Xingran Liu, Yanjun Shen
    Pages 159-187
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-217

About this book


This edited volume establishes a forum for international experts to explore cutting-edge questions associated with the land use and biomass production. Topics include ‘do we have enough land, either primary or marginal, to accommodate future production of biomass?’, ‘how are farming decisions made in response to biomass incentives?’, ‘is the current bio-mass production socially, economically and environmentally sustainable?’, and ‘what are the main constraints currently limiting biofuel deployment?’

The expansion of biomass production is often at the cost of reduced land availability for food production and losses of areas with ecological functions such as forests and wetlands. This process often involves complex interplay of physical dynamics and human systems that are driven by numerous geographic and socio-economic factors at different scales. Thus, the state-of-the-art research on the land use issues surrounding the biomass production and its environmental impacts is important for informed land management decision making. This book will be of great use to researchers in land use management and biomass-based renewable energy, as well as practitioners.


Land areas for biomass production Land availability Biomass sustainability Bioenergy end uses Energy crops Conservation compliance Biophysical constraints for land allocation GIS-based multi-criteria land suitability analysis Spatio-temporal dynamics in biomass yield and productivity Energy-intensive input use reduction Acreage response model Food security Cellulosic biofuel production Production of energy crops in contaminated lands

Editors and affiliations

  • Ruopu Li
    • 1
  • Andrea Monti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Environmental ResourcesSouthern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondaleUSA
  2. 2.Alma Mater Studiorum – University of BolognaBolognaItaly

About the editors

Prof. Ruopu Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His research interests include biomass-related land use modeling, water resources modeling and management, and spatial data analytics. His recent research focuses on natural resources constraints on biomass cultivation and nonpoint source pollution associated with the crop production.

Prof. Andrea Monti is full Professor in crop science at the University of Bologna. He is the head of the Research Group of Industrial Crops in the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences. His current research activity mainly focuses on lignocellulosic and oil crops. During the last 10 years he took part in more than 15 international projects on non-food crops, and presently, he coordinates an EU-Brazil cooperation project on advanced biofuels (BECOOL).

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