A Life-cycle Approach to Low-invasion Potential Bioenergy Production


Task Force Chair

Jacob Barney

Task Force Author(s)

Adam Davis
Read Porter
Daniel Simberloff

Task Force Reviewers

Roger Cousens
Curtis Daehler
Doria Gordon

Task Force Board Liaison

Randall Prostak
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Bioenergy is being pursued globally to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable energy source. To lessen conflicts with existing food/feed production, bioenergy crops are bred to grow on marginal lands with minimal inputs. Many are concerned that new invasive species may be introduced as bioenergy crops. The authors of this commentary show that the risk of invasion can most effectively be prevented through a life-cycle approach that adopts appropriate scientific and policy tools at each step in the production process, from crop selection to field production, feedstock transport and storage, and decommissioning—thus avoiding the "kudzu effect." This paper provides a clear, comprehensive framework to guide regulatory agencies in the selection and permitting of biofuel feedstocks. Chair: Jacob Barney, Virginia Tech. QTA2016-1, 12 pp., February 2016. AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.


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