Biofuel Development from Cellulosic Sources

  • Kimberly O’Keefe
  • Clint J. Springer
  • Jonathan Grennell
  • Sarah C. Davis
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Key Concepts

  • Renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, geothermal power, and bioenergy will improve energy sustainability and reduce environmental impacts associated with human energy use.

  • Two types of bioenergy feedstocks exist: first-generation feedstocks that are derived from food crops and advanced feedstocks that are derived from nonfood plants. Advanced feedstocks include cellulosic bioenergy crops such as herbaceous perennial grasses, short-rotation woody crops, and annual crop residues.

  • Due to the complex structure of lignocellulosic plant material, cellulosic bioenergy feedstocks are generally more difficult to process into liquid fuels than food crops. However, a variety of both thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies exist or are being developed to improve the transformation of cellulosic biomass into alternative energy sources.

  • Although cellulosic bioenergy crops are thought to have fewer adverse effects on natural ecosystems than...


Soil Organic Carbon Corn Stover Biomass Feedstock Bioenergy Crop Cellulosic Biomass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly O’Keefe
    • 1
  • Clint J. Springer
    • 2
  • Jonathan Grennell
    • 3
  • Sarah C. Davis
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of BiologyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologySaint Joseph’s UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Voinovich School of Leadership and Public AffairsOhio UniversityAthensUSA

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