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Biofuel crops: production, physiology and genetics.

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This book begins with a review of the history of biofuel. It contains chapters that are devoted to emerging technologies for biofuel production, cell wall structure and destructing approaches, cellulosic biofuel crops role in phytoremediation, and feedstock pretreatment methods. Detailed discussion on the physiological and genetic research challenges and opportunities for the improvement of biofue...

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Chapter 15 (Page no: 312)

Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.).

The claim of jatropha (Jatropha curcas) being a wonder plant is based on its perceived ability to grow successfully in semi-arid environmental conditions and on degraded soils. This chapter describes the (i) plant root traits and their significance for drought tolerance; (ii) jatropha plantations' impact on hydrological processes (water balance, sediment transport and soil loss) and soil and environmental quality (carbon and nutrient sequestration and soil biology in the plant rhizosphere); (iii) cultivation including vegetative propagation, application of fertilizers and growth regulators, pruning, insect pests and diseases, intercropping, and seed yield; and (iv) genetic improvement involving assessment of variability in jatropha accessions using molecular markers. The factors controlling up-scaling of jatropha cultivation are also discussed.

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Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Biofuels in history. Author(s): Kovarik, B.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 23) Status, innovations and challenges of next generation biofuel technologies. Author(s): Sims, R. E. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 44) Microalgae taxonomy and breeding. Author(s): Hemaiswarya, S. Raja, R. Ravikumar, R. Carvalho, I. S.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 54) Physiology, biochemistry and genetics of microalgal growth and lipid production. Author(s): Schuhmann, H. Schenk, P. M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 84) Cultivation of microalgae for biofuel production. Author(s): Lan, C. Q.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 102) Physiology and genetics of biofuel crop yield. Author(s): Singh, B. P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 135) Deconstructing plant biomass: cell wall structure and novel manipulation strategies. Author(s): Byrt, C. S. Betts, N. S. Farrokhi, N. Burton, R. A.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 151) Sugarcane and energycane. Author(s): Fageria, N. K. Moreira, A. Moraes, L. A. C. Hale, A. L. Viator, R. P.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 172) Sweet sorghum: genetics, breeding and commercialization. Author(s): Rao, P. S. Umakanth, A. V. Reddy, B. V. S. Dweikat, I. Sujata Bhargava Kumar, C. G. Braconnier, S. Patil, J. V.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 199) Switchgrass. Author(s): Fike, J. H. Parrish, D. J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 231) Miscanthus species. Author(s): Anzoua, K. G. Yamada, T.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 249) Arundo donax. Author(s): Williams, C. M. J. Biswas, T. K. Márton, L. Czakó, M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 271) Elephantgrass. Author(s): Singh, B. P. Singh, H. P. Obeng, E.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 292) Bast and leaf fibre crops: kenaf, hemp, jute, Agave, etc. Author(s): Pratik Satya Ratikanta Maiti
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 339) Oilseed brassicas. Author(s): Bañuelos, G. S. Dhillon, K. S. Banga, S. S.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 369) Camelina (Camelina sativa). Author(s): Eynck, C. Falk, K. C.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 392) Oil palm. Author(s): Punnuri, S. M. Singh, B. P.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 415) Willow. Author(s): Weih, M.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 427) Pines. Author(s): Nelson, C. D. Peter, G. F. McKeand, S. E. Jokela, E. J. Rummer, R. B. Groom, L. H. Johnsen, K. H.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 460) Eucalyptus and bamboo. Author(s): Kayama, M.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 474) Phytoremediation trees for biofuel. Author(s): Rockwood, D. L. Isebrands, J. G. Minogue, P. J.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 491) Lignocellulosic feedstock preparation by size reduction and pretreatment. Author(s): Muthukumarappan, K.