Report – Growing Risk: Addressing the Invasive Potential of Bioenergy Feedstocks
Growing Risk – Addressing the Invasive Potential of Bioenergy Feedstocks. 2012 – Glaser, A. and P. Glick. 2012. Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation.
“The explosion in federal and state mandates and incentives for renewable energy in recent years has led to a greatly increased demand for cheap and plentiful biomass from a variety of plants and microorganisms. This increased demand for bioenergy has led to considerable interest in a number of non-native and potentially invasive species that are currently being cultivated or considered for use as bioenergy crops. In fact, some of the very characteristics that make a plant particularly useful as a source of biomass energy (e.g., rapid growth, competitiveness, tolerance of a range of climate conditions) are the same characteristics that make a plant a potentially highly invasive species.)”