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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Cellulosic and grain bioenergy crops reduce net greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels

Author
item Adler, Paul

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 27, 2007
Publication Date: November 28, 2007
Citation: Adler, P.R. 2007. Cellulosic and grain bioenergy crops reduce net greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels [abstract]. BBI Biofuels Workshop and Trade Show Series - Eastern Region. p. 4.

Interpretive Summary: An interpretive summary is not required.

Technical Abstract: Bioenergy cropping systems could help offset GHG emissions, but quantifying that offset is complex. Adler et al. (2007, Ecol. Appl. 17:675-691) conducted a life cycle assessment of the net greenhouse gas flux from bioenergy cropping systems. Compared with the life cycle of gasoline and diesel, ethanol and biodiesel from corn rotations reduced GHG emissions in the near-term by 50-65%, reed canarygrass about 120%, and by about 145 and 165% for switchgrass and hybrid poplar, respectively. Based on the billion ton report, perennial crops could mitigate more than 300 Tg of CO2 annually.

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