Chemicals and Fuels from Semi-Arid Zone Biomass

  • John R. Benemann
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 14)


Biofuels, fuels from biomass, are being recognized as a significant future energy source for the U.S. and the world (1). Present uses of wood and dung rival or exceed those of fossil fuels in rural regions of many underdeveloped countries. In the U.S., wood wastes, sugar cane bagasse, and domestic firewood presently contribute as much as 2% of total fuel usage. Worldwide, biofuel production could be expanded considerably by better management and greater utilization of existing forest resources, by collection and use of agricultural residues, by gas production from animal wastes, and through municipal and industrial waste utilization. Besides such readily available and economically attractive biofuel resources, biomass farming specifically for fuel production has been proposed.


Natural Rubber Sugar Cane Bagasse Semiarid Region Desert Plant Rubber Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Benemann
    • 1
  1. 1.EcoenergeticsRichmondUSA

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