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Growing Plants for Fuel: Predicting Effects on Water, Soil, and the Atmosphere

This report looks at both the grain and cellulose-based “bioenergy landscapes” and review what is known about their biogeochemical impacts. This report will also explore the complexity of factors involved in calculating the benefits of particular cropping systems. In evaluating the benefits, the use of mathematics as a method to projecting performance and environmental outcomes is explained as a substitute for experimental studies of ecosystem models.

This report is one of a four-part series based upon scientific manuscripts initially presented at a conference hosted by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and sponsored by a consortium of other scientific organizations, nongovernmental
organizations, federal agencies, and the private sector in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2008.
All four reports can be found at the the link below or the following web address:
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Resource Group ESA Biofuels and Sustainability Reports
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords agriculture, biofuel, ecosystem modeling, ethanol, cellulosic material, DAYCENT
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Pedagogical Use Description This report can be used introduce students into exercising critical thinking regarding land appropriation and calculating benefits of multiple ecosystem models. Students will also be introduced to the economic and environmental undertakings of cultivating crops for biofuel production.
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Primary Author Affiliation Michigan State University; Michigan State University; USDA Agricultural Research
Service; Colorado State University
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Rights Ecological Society of America
Date Of Record Submission 2012-07-06

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