Improving sugarcane ethanol production -- the 'midway' strategy

Sep 13, 2011

An article in the current issue of Global Change Biology Bioenergy reviews the history and current state of ethanol production of sugarcane in Brazil and presents a strategy for improving future ecosystem services and production.

Researchers introduce a new approach that prioritizes a sustainable and responsible way of producing ethanol called the "midway" strategy. This innovative strategy involves producing the necessary biotechnology to increase biomass yield and ethanol production. will be further reduced by improving sugarcane management. This strategy will effectively minimize the impacts of sugarcane bioethanol production on biodiversity while synergistically protecting and regenerating rainforest.

According to Marcos Buckeridge, Professor of the University of Sao Paulo and Scientific Director of the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, "Brazil is now in a privileged position because of its opportunity to introduce a new style of crop production with a much higher level of sustainability. The midway strategy should be applied not only for sugarcane, but for all crops."

Successful implementation of the "midway" strategy will require three key components: scientific research to understand sugarcane biology and ecology, technological development of genetically improved sugarcane crops and production technologies, and creation of policies that support sustainable land management.

Buckeridge further notes that, because Brazil has a stable economy and is the world leader in sugarcane , it is in an excellent position to implement the midway strategy.

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More information: Read the original article online: DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01122.x

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Cave_Man
not rated yet Sep 13, 2011
BURNING ETHANOL MAKES POISON GAS.

When will these profit mongering fuck-heads learn to think with their brain instead of their wallet. These retards are going to destroy the entire planet and everyone is sitting back and letting them do it.

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