Protecting bioenergy crops against invasive species

Life-cycle approach required to allow for low-invasion potential bioenergy production.

Bioenergy, or biomass-based energy production, is being pursued globally to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable energy source. A new paper from the Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) encourages preemptive action to ensure that new invasive species are not introduced as bioenergy crops.

To lessen conflicts with existing food/feed production, some bioenergy crops are bred to grow on marginal lands with minimal inputs. Invasive species are am

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