Chapter 2. Sustainable Production of Cellulosic Feedstock for Biorefineries in the USA

  1. Wim Soetaert and
  2. Erick J. Vandamme
  1. Matthew T. Carr Policy Director1 and
  2. James R. Hettenhaus President CEO2

Published Online: 16 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch2



How to Cite

Carr, M. T. and Hettenhaus, J. R. (2009) Sustainable Production of Cellulosic Feedstock for Biorefineries in the USA, in Biofuels (eds W. Soetaert and E. J. Vandamme), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Author Information

  1. 1

    Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Washington, USA

  2. 2

    Chief Executive Assistance, Inc. Charlotte., NC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Renewable Resources

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christian V. Stevens

Series Editor Information

  1. Faculty of Bioscience-engineering, Department of Organic Chemistry, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470026748

Online ISBN: 9780470754108



  • cellulosic feedstock and sustainable production;
  • cellulosic feedstock availability;
  • USDA/DOE study on technical feasibility of biomass for bioenergy;
  • feedstock options - corn stover and cereal straw;
  • baling and collection technology for wheat straw;
  • sustainable removal;
  • erosion control;
  • tilling practice;
  • removal economics;
  • Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) - voluntary greenhouse gas trading market


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Availability of Cellulosic Feedstocks

  • Feedstock Options

  • Sustainable Removal

  • Erosion Control

  • Tilling Practice

  • Transitioning to No-till

  • Realizing Removal

  • Removal Economics

  • Climate Change Mitigation

  • Pretreatment

  • Farmer in Value Chain

  • The Start: Preprocessing Pentose Sugars and Lignin

  • Continuing Downstream: Fungible Fermentation Sugars

  • Looking Upstream

  • Logistics

  • Conclusions

  • Policy Recommendations

  • References