Biofuel Crops

Production, Physiology and Genetics

Edited by Bharat P. Singh
September 2013
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    23rd September 2013
  • ISBN 9781845938857
  • Language English
  • Pages 548 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.25"

Providing comprehensive coverage on biofuel crop production and the technological, environmental and resource issues associated with a sustainable biofuel industry, this book is ideal for researchers and industry personnel. Beginning with an introduction to biofuels and the challenges they face, the book then includes detailed coverage on crops of current importance or with high future prospects, including sections on algae, sugar crops and grass, oil and forestry species. The chapters focus on the genetics, breeding, cultivation, harvesting and handling of each crop.

"For each of the biofuel corps presented, Singh (fort Valley State Univ.) has brought together worldwide experts, providing a much needed holistic understanding of the various species. The book is well organized into three parts, and each of the 23 chapters presents up-to-date information on production, physiological, and genetic aspects of the crops. It will be a valuable resource for faculty training the next generation of scientists in agronomy and biofuel crop improvement as well as students in these areas. Summing Up: Recommended.

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Chapter 1: Biofuels in History
Chapter 2: Status, Innovations and Challenges of Next Generation Biofuel Technologies

Chapter 3: Microalgae Taxonomy and Breeding
Chapter 4: Physiology, Biochemistry and Genetics of Microalgal Growth and Lipid Production
Chapter 5: Algae Cultivation of Microalgae for Biofuel Production

Chapter 6: Physiology and Genetics of Biofuel Crop Yield
Chapter 7: Deconstructing Plant Biomass: Cell Wall Structure and Novel Manipulation Strategies
Chapter 8: Sugarcane and Energycane
Chapter 9: Sweet Sorghum - Genetics, Breeding and Commercialization
Chapter 10: Switchgrass
Chapter 11: Miscanthus Species
Chapter 12: Arundo donax
Chapter 13: Elephant Grass
Chapter 14: Bast and Leaf Fibre Crops (Kenaf, Hemp, Jute, Agave etc.)
Chapter 15: Jatroph (Jatropha curcas L.)
Chapter 16: Oilseed Brassicas
Chapter17: Camelina (Camelina sativa)
Chapter 18: Oil Palm
Chapter 19: Willow
Chapter 20: Pines
Chapter 21: Eucalyptus and Bamboo
Chapter 22: Phytoremediation Trees for Biofuel
Chapter 23: Lignocellulossic Feedstock Preparation by Size Reduction and Pretreatment

Appendix I: Energy and related units
Appendix II: Botanical names

Bharat P. Singh

Bharat P. Singh is a Professor of Agronomy and Bioenergy Crops at the Fort Valley State University at Fort Valley, Georgia, USA. He has research experience spanning over 40 years in areas of sustainable agriculture and crop production systems including bioenergy crops. He has received funding for some 30 grants and is recipient of distinguished project director and outstanding principal investigator awards. He has edited books, authored several book chapters and his research is published regularly in reputed referred journals. He has extensive international exposure through collaborative research and has served as Senior Fulbright Specialist and US State Department Embassy Science Fellow. He heads a very active group of researchers working in several areas of bioenergy crops including molecular breeding to improve production and quality traits, low input cropping systems, and life cycle analysis of bioenergy crops.