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USGS is collaborating with the USDA Aridland Agricultural Research Center and the University of Ohio regarding the potential for Agave biofuel production to add to our national bioenergy portfolio in marginal lands. Agave may represent a highly efficient biofuel, even under non-irrigation conditions, but the ecosystem consequences of this development on drylands (including habitat and wildlife) remains unknown. The project aims to explore the potential benefits and disadvantages of this alternative energy strategy.
Learn more about our research by visiting the web pages below.
SBSC’s Southwest biofuels program takes a two-pronged approach to improving our capacity to incorporate biofuels into our national energy portfolio: (1) using remote sensing and on-the-ground techniques to improve our understanding of the potential for bioenergy and (2) assessing the environmental consequences of bioenergy development, namely, greenhouse gas emissions, air and water quality effects, soil destabilization and dust production, and effects on exotic plan invasion.