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The Development and Evaluation of Biofuel Production Systems on Marginal Land

Abstract The consumption of feedstocks from agriculture and forestry by current biofuel production has raised concerns about food security and land availability. In the meantime, intensive human activities have created a large amount of marginal lands that require management. This study investigated the viability of aligning land management with biofuel production on marginal lands. Biofuel crop production on two types of marginal lands, namely urban vacant lots and abandoned mine lands (AMLs), were assessed. The investigation of biofuel production on urban marginal land was carried out in Pittsburgh between 2008 and 2011, using the sunflower gardens developed by a Pittsburgh non-profit as an example. Results showed that the crops from urban margina... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Zhao, Xi (Author) / Landis, Amy (Advisor) / Fox, Peter (Committee member) / Chester, Mikhail (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Environmental management / Environmental engineering / Biofuel / Marginal Land / Net Energy Value
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 75 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Sustainability 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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