The establishment of bioenergy crops will affect ecological processes and their interactions and thus has an influence on ecosystem services provided by the lands on which these crops are grown. The regional-scale effects of bioenergy choices on ecosystem services need special attention because they often have been neglected yet can affect the ecological, social, and economic aspects of sustainability. A regional-scale perspective provides the opportunity to maximize ecosystem services, particularly with regard to water quality and quantity issues, and also to consider other aspects of ecological, social, and economic sustainability. We give special attention to cellulosic feedstocks because of the opportunities they provide.

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Contact Person: 
Virginia Dale
Contact Organization: 
Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Information
Author: 
Virginia Dale
Richard Lowrance
Patrick Mulholland
G Phillip Robertson
Publication Year: 
2009
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