C4 plants as biofuel feedstocks: optimising biomass production and feedstock quality from a lignocellulosic perspective.

@article{Byrt2011C4PA,
  title={C4 plants as biofuel feedstocks: optimising biomass production and feedstock quality from a lignocellulosic perspective.},
  author={Caitlin S Byrt and Christopher P L Grof and Robert T Furbank},
  journal={Journal of integrative plant biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={53 2},
  pages={120-35}
}
The main feedstocks for bioethanol are sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) and maize (Zea mays), both of which are C(4) grasses, highly efficient at converting solar energy into chemical energy, and both are food crops. As the systems for lignocellulosic bioethanol production become more efficient and cost effective, plant biomass from any source may be used as a feedstock for bioethanol production. Thus, a move away from using food plants to make fuel is possible, and sources of biomass such as… CONTINUE READING

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