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Plants and BioEnergy

  • Maureen C. McCann
  • Marcos S. Buckeridge
  • Nicholas C. Carpita

Part of the Advances in Plant Biology book series (AIPB, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Economics of Bioenergy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patricia Guardabassi, José Goldemberg
      Pages 3-11
    3. Gal Hochman, David Zilberman
      Pages 49-64
  3. Biomass Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Cynthia M. B. Damasceno, Robert E. Schaffert, Ismail Dweikat
      Pages 81-106
    3. Angela Karp, Goetz M. Richter, Ian F. Shield, Steven J. Hanley
      Pages 107-130
    4. Umidjon Iskandarov, Hae Jin Kim, Edgar B. Cahoon
      Pages 131-140
    5. Ahmed Faik, Nan Jiang, Michael A. Held
      Pages 153-181
    6. Catherine Rayon, Anna T. Olek, Nicholas C. Carpita
      Pages 183-193
  4. Biomass Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Adriana Grandis, Amanda P. de Souza, Eveline Q. P. Tavares, Marcos S. Buckeridge
      Pages 211-230
    3. Basudeb Saha, Nathan S. Mosier, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar
      Pages 267-276

About this book


A country's vision for developing renewable and sustainable energy resources is typically propelled by three important drivers – security, cost, and environmental impact. The U.S. currently accounts for a quarter of the world’s total oil consumption, with domestic demands necessitating – at an ever growing cost – a net import of more than 50% of the oil used in this country. At the same time, Brazil, because of its forward thinking on energy strategy, is today energy independent. As emerging economies around the world increase their petroleum use by large margins and as large fractions of that new consumption are necessarily supplied from unstable parts of the world, the inevitable repercussions on petroleum-driven economies will continue to escalate. In addition, there is an unequivocal imperative to take immediate and aggressive measures to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing fossil fuel consumption and increasing our use of carbon-neutral or carbon-negative fuels as well as improving efficiency of fuel use. Economic growth and development worldwide depend increasingly on secure supplies of reliable, affordable, clean energy. Together with its counterpart societies, was convened the First Pan-American Congress on Plants and BioEnergy, which was held in June, 2008, in Mérida, Mexico. Sponsored by the American Society of Plant Biologists, this congress was designed to initiate Pan-American research collaborations in energy biosciences. At that congress, the organizational committee committed themselves to continue the meeting biennially, resulting in the 2nd Pan-American Congress on Plants and BioEnergy to be held with the endorsement of ASPB, July 6-10, 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil. Whereas the 1st congress covered a broad range of topics that bioenergy impacted, the second congress will focus more on the advances in plant biology: the genetic improvement of energy crop plants, their fit into regional environments, and the development of a sustainable energy agriculture.


American Society of Plant Biologists BioEnergy Plant Sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Maureen C. McCann
    • 1
  • Marcos S. Buckeridge
    • 2
  • Nicholas C. Carpita
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Botany, Institute of BiosciencesUniversity of CampinasSao PaoloBrazil
  3. 3.Botany and Plant PathologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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