Biological Invasions

, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp 1559–1566

Why not harvest existing invaders for bioethanol?

  • Lauren D. Quinn
  • A. Bryan Endres
  • Thomas B. Voigt
Perpectives and paradigms

Abstract

Some ecologists and environmentalists have asked whether existing plant invaders could be used as sources of lignocellulosic ethanol, as an alternative to the introduction of potentially invasive non-native energy crops. Although the idea is tempting and could theoretically motivate the control or eradication of large invasive populations, we recognize that a number of major economic, logistic, and legal barriers currently prevent adoption of this plan. Here, we enumerate these barriers in detail, but conclude with an idealistic vision for the role of invasive biomass in the bioenergy industry.

Keywords

Bioenergy Biofuel Biomass Biorefinery Ethanol Invasive Weed 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren D. Quinn
    • 1
  • A. Bryan Endres
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thomas B. Voigt
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Energy Biosciences InstituteUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Consumer EconomicsUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Crop SciencesUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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