Soil Quality and Biofuel Production / Edition 1

Soil Quality and Biofuel Production / Edition 1

by Rattan Lal
     
 

ISBN-10: 1439800731

ISBN-13: 9781439800737

Pub. Date: 12/18/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From its humble beginning in the late 19th century―when Henry Ford’s first car was designed to run on ethanol―biofuel production has been on the rise with more than 26 billion liters produced in the U.S. in 2007. Ethanol made from biomass (rather than grains) holds great promise, including numerous economic and environmental benefits. However, the

Overview

From its humble beginning in the late 19th century―when Henry Ford’s first car was designed to run on ethanol―biofuel production has been on the rise with more than 26 billion liters produced in the U.S. in 2007. Ethanol made from biomass (rather than grains) holds great promise, including numerous economic and environmental benefits. However, the adverse interactions of energy, climate, food, and soil quality cannot be ignored.

In eight concise chapters, Soil Quality and Biofuel Production presents a state-of-the-knowledge review of soil properties and processes negatively impacted by crop residue removal. It outlines the ecological consequences of biofuels and evaluates land use in the production of raw material for biofuel. The book then spotlights pressing issues related to corn and cellulosic ethanol and also soil erosion. It offers advice for achieving economic balance in the competition for arable land between food and biofuel along with residue harvest management techniques. A thought-provoking discussion of the opportunities and challenges that biofuel presents rounds out the book’s coverage.

The logistics of producing biomass in a sustainable manner remain a major challenge and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Serious questions linger concerning viable sources of biofuel feedstock, competition for resources needed to produce biomass, and energy output/input ratios. Soil Quality and Biofuel Production provides environmental scientists and agricultural engineers with the knowledge they need to address them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439800737
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/18/2009
Series:
Advances in Soil Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Soil Processes and Residue Harvest Management
Jane M.F. Johnson, Sharon K. Papiernik, Maysoon M. Mikha,Kurt A. Spokas, Mark D. Tomer, and Sharon L. Weyers

Soil Quality Impacts of Residue Removal for Biofuel Feedstock
Richard M. Cruse, M.J. Cruse, and D.C. Reicosky

Ecological Consequences of Biofuels
W.E.H. Blum, M.H. Gerzabek, K. Hacklander, R. Horn, F. Reimoser, W. Winiwarter, S. Zechmeister-Boltenstern, and F. Zehetner

Land Use in Production of Raw Materials for Biofuels
Leidivan Almeida Frazao, Karina Cenciani, Marilia Barbosa Chiavegato, Carlos Clemente Cerri, Brigitte Josefine Feigl, and Carlos Eduardo P. Cerri

Corn and Cellulosic Ethanol Problems and Soil Erosion
D. Pimentel

Ethanol Production from Sugarcane and Soil Quality
M.V. Galdos, Carlos Clemente Cerri, M. Bernoux, and Carlos Eduardo P. Cerri

Economic Balance: Competition between Food Production and Biofuels Expansion
Jozsef Popp

Opportunities and Challenges of Biofuel Production
Rattan Lal

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