Agriculture has big role in fuel supply

Hollis, Paul L.
December 2005
Southeast Farm Press;12/7/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 27, p1
Trade Publication
The article presents the views of David Bransby, an Auburn University professor of agronomy and soils, on the use of biofuels in the U.S. He presented his views at the recent Alabama Agricultural Energy Conference in Auburn. According to him, all fossil fuels are non-renewable sources and contribute to increased greenhouse gases and global climatic changes. He emphasizes on the use of biomass as a fuel. There is a need to grow energy crops like grasses and trees. Research work is also being done on developing biofuels.


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