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Title: Life cycle assessment of cellulosic and advanced biofuel crops

item Adler, Paul
item Del Grosso, Stephen - Steve
item OGLE, STEPHEN - Colorad0 State University
item POURHASHEM, GHASIDEH - Drexel University
item SPATARI, SABRINA - Drexel University
item ROTH, GREGORY - Pennsylvania State University
item PARTON, WILLIAM - Colorad0 State University

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2010
Publication Date: 10/31/2010
Citation: Adler, P.R., Del Grosso, S.J., Ogle, S.M., Pourhashem, G., Spatari, S., Roth, G.W., Parton, W.J. 2010. Life cycle assessment of cellulosic and advanced biofuel crops [abstract]. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. Paper No. 250-5.

Interpretive Summary: An interpretive summary is not required.

Technical Abstract: Estimating the carbon intensity of biofuel production is important in order to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) targets set by government policy. Nitrous oxide emissions are the largest source and soil carbon the largest sink of GHGs for determining the carbon intensity of biofuels during their production cycle. Changes in soil carbon and nitrous oxide emissions are affected by precipitation, soil texture, nitrogen inputs, and quantity and quality of carbon inputs. Cellulosic biomass feedstocks such as switchgrass and corn stover and an advanced bioenergy feedstock such as winter barley are all managed very differently from each other. We will explore the life cycle GHG impacts of these 3 cropping systems.