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Slash removal and microbial communities

Monitoring equipment at the NARA long-term soil productivity site.
Monitoring equipment at the NARA long-term soil productivity site.

A key issue attached to the use of post-harvest forest residuals (slash) to make biojet fuel and other chemical products is how slash removal impacts the productivity and ecology of a working forest. The USDA-NIFA, through the NARA project, funds research to evaluate the impacts of slash …more

Water analysis tool for energy resources (WATER)

Slurry from pretreated wood
Slurry from pretreated wood

Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a online program (WATER) designed to provide analysis on water demand for use in developing biofuels from multiple feedstocks including forest wood biofuels.

WATER adopts a water footprint methodology and contains extensive climate, land use, water resource, and process water data.

Free access is available here.