Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Production of Energy and Co-products

  • Peter N. Mascia
  • Jürgen Scheffran
  • Jack M. Widholm

Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 66)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction to Biofuels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gordon G. Allison, Mark P. Robbins, José Carli, John C. Clifton-Brown, Iain S. Donnison
      Pages 25-55
    3. Peter N. Mascia, Michael Portereiko, Mark Sorrells, Richard B. Flavell
      Pages 57-84
  3. Specific Biofuel Feedstocks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Ricardo A. Dante, Plinio T. Cristofoletti, Isabel R. Gerhardt
      Pages 87-109
    3. Joel E. Ream, Ping Feng, Iñigo Ibarra, Susan A. MacIsaac, Beena A. Neelam, Erik D. Sall
      Pages 111-123
    4. David I. Bransby, Damian J. Allen, Neal Gutterson, Gregory Ikonen, Edward Richard Jr, William Rooney et al.
      Pages 125-154
    5. Maud A. W. Hinchee, Lauren N. Mullinax, William H. Rottmann
      Pages 155-208
    6. Richard F. Wilson, David F. Hildebrand
      Pages 209-259
  4. Mitigating Invasiveness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Albert P. Kausch, Joel Hague, Melvin Oliver, Lidia S. Watrud, Carol Mallory-Smith, Virgil Meier et al.
      Pages 285-297
    3. Albert P. Kausch, Joel Hague, Melvin Oliver, Yi Li, Henry Daniell, Peter Mascia et al.
      Pages 299-315
  5. Models for Uses of Biomass Feedstocks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Shahab Sokhansanj, Sudhagar Mani, Cannayen Igathinathane, Sam Tagore
      Pages 345-362
  6. Agricultural Fit of Biomass Crops and Lifecycle Analysis and Criteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte, Chad C. Hellwinckel
      Pages 365-384
    3. Michael Wang
      Pages 385-408
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 449-458

About this book


The successful use of plant biomass for the sustainable production of energy and co-products such as chemicals is critically important for the future of humanity. Large scale exploitation of biomass is needed to decrease the production of greenhouse gases and help mitigate global warming, to provide energy security in the face of declining petroleum reserves, to improve balance of payment imbalances, and to spur local economic development. This volume discusses such uses of plant biomass as well as ways to improve the productivity and composition of plant species, including trees, perennial and annual grasses, oil-producing plants and algae, that have the potential to produce substrates such as sugar, starch, oil and cell walls, as well as energy and co-product substrates. The problems of invasiveness and gene dispersal are discussed, as are ways to mitigate these. Among the topics covered are models for integrated biorefineries to produce many co-product chemicals, the use of corn stover to power ethanol plants, life cycle analysis of biofuels, and criteria for biomass sustainability and certification. This is indeed an exciting and fast-moving time for advocates of plant biomass-based technology.


Biofuels Economic Development Sustainability bioenergy biofuel biotechnology genetic modification

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter N. Mascia
    • 1
  • Jürgen Scheffran
    • 2
  • Jack M. Widholm
    • 3
  1. 1.Ceres, Inc.Thousand OaksUSA
  2. 2.ZMAW, Institute for GeographyUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Crop SciencesUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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