- Category: Bioenergy
03 May 2012
- Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012 17:37
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Recent technological advances mean that plant-derived biofuels could meet about 30 percent of the global demand for liquid transportation fuels without having an impact food production. According to Chris R. Somerville and Heather Youngs of the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, research shows that non-edible biofuel crop plants can be engineered or bred to grow on the almost 600 million hectares of abandoned farmland worldwide, without significant effects on food production or the ecosystem. "Many of the concerns about the use of food crops for biofuels do not apply to the use of the inedible parts of plants that are the focus of our review", said Mr. Somerville. Their report is found in an article in F1000 Biology Reports on recent research into ways that the body of plants, rather than the seeds, can be improved for use in next-generation biofuels. The researchers also looked into concerns on the impact of biofuel development on land use.