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Approximate Geographic Distribution of Potential Dedicated Biomass Crops (updated February 2015)

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Multiple crop types designed for various agroecosystems will require continued development to realize biomass yields for large-scale production of biofuels and bioproducts. As research progresses, new crop types could be added and the boundaries of their likely ranges could change. Agricultural residues (e.g., wheat straw, rice hulls, and corn stover) are not included on this map.

Credit or Source: Adapted from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Biomass Program.


U.S. DOE. 2006. Breaking the Biological Barriers to Cellulosic Ethanol: A Joint Research Agenda, DOE/SC/EE-0095, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (p. 61) (website)

U.S. DOE. 2015. Lignocellulosic Biomass for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts: Workshop Report, DOE/SC-0170. U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. (p. 10) (website)

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