Bioenergy Systems Community

The ASA Bioenergy Systems Community is within the Agronomic Production Systems Section.
The pipeline for producing energy from biomass feedstock involves three main activities, each of which represent components of the Science of Agronomy:
1. Feedstock development involves germplasm exploration, collection, evaluation, and maintenance; selection and breeding of improved populations and cultivars; genetic analysis of plant traits, inheritance patterns, and reproduction; & genomic analysis of plant DNA, RNA, and protiens.
2. Feedstock production involves species and cultivar selection, deployment, and use; development of best managment practices for various feedstock conversion systems; the logistics of harvesting, storage, and transportaion of feedstocks; regulating factors such as as incentives, energy balance, and economics of production; & enviromental risk assessments, modeling, and life-cycle analysis.
3. Feedstock conversion involves development of novel enzymes, microorganisms, and methodologies to convert biomass to energy; development and improvement of rapid and highthroughput methods for analyzing biomass composition and quality; identification of biomass quality factors that limit conversion efficiency and development of solutions to improve conversion efficiency; & integration of consumers, producers, environmental representatives, policy makers, and industry to develop sustainable bioenergy feedstock systems.  This community serves as a focal point for people with diverse interests in sustainable bioenergy feedstock systems to meet, organize, communicate, and collaborate on a wide range of projects and activities.
Congratulations to our 2015 Graduate Student Poster Competition winners:
The first place poster receiving a $250 cash award went to Yong Wang from Texas A&M University for his poster entitled “Simulating impacts of bioenergy sorghum residue return on soil organic carbon and GHG emissions using the DAYCENT model” .
The second place poster receiving a $150 cash award went to Marie Bourguignon from Iowa State University for her poster entitled “Variety trial and pyrolysis potential on kenaf grown in Iowa”.
The third place poster receiving a $100 cash award went to Kayla Altendorf from the University of Minnesota for her poster entitled “Characterization of Field Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.) Germplasm”.