Osmoregulation and Biological Energy Production
The interests of the Department of Energy (DOE) in osmoregulation research are fairly straightforward. As you are all aware, there is much being made these days about the importance of biomass and how biomass can serve as an alternate to fossil fuels. Many of these claims are highly optimistic while others tend to minimize the contribution that biomass may make to the Nation's energy problems. Regardless of which position you take, the fact of the matter is that biomass is now used as an energy source and will be a growing energy source in the future. The magnitude of the resource is something about which we will all have to wait and see. One point which arises frequently in discussions about biomass availability concerns where these materials are to be grown and I think you can see the relationship to osmoregulation immediately. It is unlikely, in my opinion at least, that biomass crops are going to displace agricultural crops on the better agricultural lands and this means only one thing; namely, that biomass production is going to be relegated to areas not particularly well suited for agriuclture. If this assumption is correct, the implication is that biomass production will deal with an entirely different set of problems, some of which have been touched upon during this conference.
KeywordsFossil Fuel Biomass Production Burning Wood Regionalized Affair Biomass Development
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