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Soil Quality and Biofuel Production

Series: Advances in Soil Science (CRC Press) Volume: 16

Edited By: Rattan Lal and BA Stewart

222 pages, 37 black & white illustrations, 30 black & white tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2009 | #184630 | ISBN-13: 9781439800737
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NHBS Price: £82.00 $104/€96 approx

About this book

In eight concise chapters, "Soil Quality and Biofuel Production" presents a state-of-the-knowledge review of soil properties and processes negatively impacted by crop residue removal. It outlines the ecological consequences of biofuels and evaluates land use in the production of raw material for biofuel. The book then spotlights pressing issues related to corn and cellulosic ethanol and also soil erosion. It offers advice for achieving economic balance in the competition for arable land between food and biofuel along with residue harvest management techniques. A thought-provoking discussion of the opportunities and challenges that biofuel presents rounds out the book's coverage.

In summary, the book is well written and contains lots of valuable information. The presentation and figures are of high quality and the book contains a wealth of information suitable for a range of audiences. In my opinion this book represents a worthy purchase although the price is somewhat restrictive for students. It will make good reading for many agronomy, plant nutrition and agricultural extension professionals. --Davey Jones, The Journal of Experimental Agriculture. 2010


Contents

Soil Processes and Residue Harvest Management. Soil Quality Impacts of Residue Removal for Biofuel Feedstock. Ecological Consequences of Biofuels. Land Use in Production of Raw Materials for Biofuels. Corn and Cellulosic Ethanol Problems and Soil Erosion. Ethanol Production from Sugarcane and Soil Quality. Economic Balance: Competition between Food Production and Biofuels Expansion. Opportunities and Challenges of Biofuel Production.

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