Foreign insects, diseases got into US

(AP) -- Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion ...

Energy crops impact environmental quality

Crop residues, perennial warm season grasses, and short-rotation woody crops are potential biomass sources for cellulosic ethanol production. While most research is focused on the conversion of cellulosic feeedstocks into ...

Huge challenges in scaling up biofuels infrastructure

(PhysOrg.com) -- Ramping up biofuels production to replace fossil fuels and provide a significant portion of the nation's energy will require nothing short of a transformation of the U.S. agricultural, transportation and ...

NASA image: Agricultural fires in India October 18, 2013

The Indian state of Punjab has two growing seasons—one from May to September and another from November to April. In November, Punjab farmers typically sow crops such as wheat and vegetables; but before they do that, farmers ...

Bioasphalt to be used, tested on Des Moines bike trail

Iowa State University's Christopher Williams was just trying to see if adding bio-oil to asphalt would improve the hot- and cold-weather performance of pavements. What he found was a possible green replacement for asphalt ...

New process targets valuable green chemicals

(Phys.org) —Milk cartons, plastic bags, car seats... the list of items made from petroleum extends far beyond fuel, increasing our reliance on limited fossil resources. That's why researchers in the Great Lakes Bioenergy ...

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