Sisal/agave

Sarah C. Davis, Stephen P Long

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Abstract

Agave species have recently emerged as potential bioenergy feedstocks that can be grown on marginal semiarid lands, creating an economic opportunity in regions where there are few agricultural commodities. This chapter provides an introduction to Agave species that are currently cultivated at a commercial scale for the tequila and fiber industries. It then reviews the opportunities and challenges associated with developing Agave feedstocks for biofuel by integrating recent biotechnological advances with traditional knowledge of Agave production. Drought tolerance, high yield, CAM physiology, and genetic diversity are among the characteristics that make Agave species apparently attractive as feedstocks. Challenges include manual labor costs and the establishment time that is required for the crop. Opportunities for development include the use of land that is otherwise unsuited, or has become unsuitable, for other agriculture in economically depressed rural areas. Despite the additional research that is needed to identify the varieties most fit for biofuel feedstock, current technology exists to support an Agave-based biofuel production system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIndustrial Crops
Subtitle of host publicationBreeding for Bioenergy and Bioproducts
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages335-349
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781493914470
ISBN (Print)9781493914463
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Agave
sisal
feedstocks
Biofuels
biofuels
land economics
indigenous knowledge
textile industry
Droughts
bioenergy
agricultural products
Agriculture
arid lands
drought tolerance
rural areas
Industry
production technology
labor
physiology
land use

Keywords

  • A. fourcroydes
  • A. sisalana
  • A. tequilana
  • Agavaceae
  • Biofuel
  • Ethanol
  • Lignocellulosic
  • Semiarid agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Davis, S. C., & Long, S. P. (2015). Sisal/agave. In Industrial Crops: Breeding for Bioenergy and Bioproducts (pp. 335-349). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-1447-0_15

Sisal/agave. / Davis, Sarah C.; Long, Stephen P.

Industrial Crops: Breeding for Bioenergy and Bioproducts. Springer New York, 2015. p. 335-349.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Davis, SC & Long, SP 2015, Sisal/agave. in Industrial Crops: Breeding for Bioenergy and Bioproducts. Springer New York, pp. 335-349. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-1447-0_15
Davis SC, Long SP. Sisal/agave. In Industrial Crops: Breeding for Bioenergy and Bioproducts. Springer New York. 2015. p. 335-349 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-1447-0_15
Davis, Sarah C. ; Long, Stephen P. / Sisal/agave. Industrial Crops: Breeding for Bioenergy and Bioproducts. Springer New York, 2015. pp. 335-349
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