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US land could provide 25 percent of advanced biofuels requirement without carbon debt, indirect land-use costs

| January 17, 2013

In Washington, a study published in Nature found that successional herbaceous vegetation, once well established, could provide up to 5.55 billion gallons of ethanol towards the US Renewable Fuel Stadnard mandates. The researchers performed quantitative modelling of successional vegetation on marginal lands, constrained by the requirement that each modelled location be within 80 kilometres of a potential biorefinery — with no initial carbon debt nor the indirect land-use costs associated with food-based biofuels.

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