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Berkeley Lab Awarded $4.6 Million for Transformational Agriculture Technologies
December 28, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Julie Chao  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Two projects will provide a window to the underground, yielding information on roots and soil  —  As advanced as agriculture has become, there remains a pressing need for …

Review of John DeCicco et al. Article Titled “Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use”
September 9, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center)  … The authors essentially challenge the accuracy of traditional life cycle analysis with their new model.

The authors argue that “for a biofuel to provide a net …

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.
June 28, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for …

Carbon Farming – Agriculture’s Answer to Climate Change?
April 18, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On April 12, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced a new funding opportunity aimed at increasing the carbon storage potential of U.S. agricultural soils.  Land-use, …

Soil Health Partnership Participation Explodes
March 16, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Lizzy Schultz (AgWired)  Twenty-five more farms have joined in on the groundbreaking research effort from Soil Health Partnership (SHP) that could change the way farmers take care of their land.

SHP works to test and …

The Economics of Cover Crops
January 22, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  At the first Soil Health Summit last year, I talked with Purdue University agricultural economist Dr. Wally Tyner about the need to quantify the economic benefits for farmers of using cover …

Ecological Farming: A Different Form of Agtech –Exclusive Report
January 15, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunderNews)  … “Ecological farming is ‘AgTech’ but of a different kind. It is a return to the original definition of ‘technology’, which comes from two Greek words: technis, which means art, skill, craft or the …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

Biofuels, Sustainability and the Transport Sector in Lithuania
December 11, 2015 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Laurencas Raslavicius (ResearchGate) This review paper sets the stage for a look at the Lithuanian (hereinafter LT) transport sector and its transition towards sustainable mobility through the use of biofuels and implementation of the necessary …

Energy Crop Miscanthus in Trials to Restore Flood Plain Soils
December 8, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Bioenegy Insight)  The Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK and the supply chain specialist Terravesta are running new trials to examine how the energy crop miscanthus survives in water-logged land and its effect on the soil …

Grant to Help Increase Biofuels Yield while Limiting Fertilizer Use
September 10, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize yields while minimizing fertilizer …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass via Anaerobic Digestion and Fisher-Tropsch Reaction
June 17, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Ohio State University)  The long term goal of this project is to commercialize an integrated anaerobic digestion system (iADs) that promises cost competitive bioenergy and biofuels production from lignocellulosic biomass. The specific …

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps
May 15, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(SCOPE) Bioenergy & Sustainability is a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers of 82 institutions in 24 countries.  The volume is the outcome of an assessment that included a meeting held at UNESCO, Paris, …

ISU Agronomist Weighs Impacts of Corn Residue Removal
April 6, 2015 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from …

Miscanthus Tops Stover, Switchgrass as Ideal Ethanol Source
March 5, 2015 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Models predict that miscanthus will have higher fuel yield and profit when compared to corn stover and switchgrass

A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using …

EBA Calls for Bio-Based Product Policies, Addressing of Barriers to Investment in EU Bioeconomy
February 9, 2015 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) has called for bioeconomy development to be set as a priority in the European Commission’s new €315 billion investment plan as well as …

Study: Farmers and Scientists Divided over Climate Change
November 14, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Natalie van Hoose (Purdue University)   … Growers can manage the potential risks linked to extreme rain events and soil degradation by using adaptive strategies such as planting cover crops, using no-till techniques, increasing the …

Argonne Lowers Land Use Change GHG Emissions for Corn Ethanol
October 10, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The estimation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land use change (LUC) for corn ethanol has been ratcheted down by Argonne National Laboratory. The recently published manual …

A Carbon Accounting System for the Future
August 15, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Making sure the federal accounting system for biogenic carbon emissions—ensuring that it is an accurate system, and taking into scientific account the unique features of biomass in the carbon cycle is front …

Building a Long Term, Sustainable Supply Chain for Cellulosic Biofuels Industry
August 11, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) On Tuesday, July 15 2014, Biofuels Digest hosted a webinar discussing creating sustainable supply chains for cellulosic biofuels – a germane issue that will ultimately determine the commercial viability …

Purdue Research: Cover Crops Make Stover More Sustainable, Profitable
August 8, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Lindsey Alexander  (Purdue University)  Farmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their …

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges
August 4, 2014 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that,for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various …

Reconstructing the Microbial Diversity and Function of Pre-Agricultural Tallgrass Prairie Soils in the United States
November 7, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Noah Fierer, Joshua Ladau, Jose C. Clemente, Jonathan W. Leff, Sarah M. Owens, Katherine S. Pollard, Rob Knight, Jack A. Gilbert, Rebecca L. McCulley (Science Magazine)  Tallgrass prairie is extinct across much of its …

Dust Unto Dust
November 7, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Mary C. Scholes, Robert J. Scholes (Science Magazine)    In the past, great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded (1). The modern world could suffer …

A Systematic Review of Biochar Research, with a Focus on Its Stability in situ and Its Promise as a Climate Mitigation Strategy
October 30, 2013 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Noel P. Gurwick, Lisa A. Moore, Charlene Kelly, Patricia Elias (PLOSone)   Claims about the environmental benefits of charring biomass and applying the resulting “biochar” to soil are impressive. If true, they could influence land management worldwide. Alleged benefits …

Historical Studies Confirm the Existence of Indirect Emissions from Biofuels
February 26, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(EurActiv.com)  Biofuels made from food crops indirectly generate net emissions of greenhouse gases in the future, confirm the preliminary results of two studies on the history of the change in land use.

If the peer does …