Biological Invasions (2014) 16, 1559-1566

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Lauren D. Quinn, A. Bryan Endres and Thomas B. Voigt (2014)
Why not harvest existing invaders for bioethanol?
Biological Invasions 16 (8), 1559-1566
Abstract: Some ecologists and environmentalists have asked whether existing plant invaders could be used as sources of lignocellulosic ethanol, as an alternative to the introduction of potentially invasive non-native energy crops. Although the idea is tempting and could theoretically motivate the control or eradication of large invasive populations, we recognize that a number of major economic, logistic, and legal barriers currently prevent adoption of this plan. Here, we enumerate these barriers in detail, but conclude with an idealistic vision for the role of invasive biomass in the bioenergy industry.
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Database assignments for author(s): Lauren D. Quinn

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
control - general


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Phalaris arundinacea (weed)
Arundo donax (weed)
Pennisetum purpureum (weed)