UC Davis

Resarch Areas

Resource Management and Environmental Quality

Goal: To assess the economic and environmental consequences of bioenergy production in the California and broader American and global landscapes, and its environmental benefits.

Description: Bioenergy production and use must be economically efficient and sustainable. Crops, crop and forestry residues, and waste products from bioenergy production processes all must be generated and disposed without harming the landscape from which they are derived or to which they are returned. Bioenergy production should not require on-going public subsidy but should be profitable and/or serve additional public purposes like waste recycling. BERG will assess and model the environmental and economic consequences of bioenergy production. Empirical studies and the use of landscape assessment and modeling studies from the scale of the field or forest watershed to regional, statewide, national, and global life-cycle effects will be used for this purpose. Viable bioenergy production practices and systems will be identified and modeled to estimate their long-term sustainability. Of particular importance is life-cycle assessment, to identify the cumulative societal benefits or losses associated with particular bioenergy strategies.

Projects

Use of Maize Cell Cultures as a Product Development Tool for Corn-Derived Recombinant Industrial Protein Products.

People

Alissa Kendallamkendall@ucdavis.eduWebsite
C.-Y. Cynthia Lincclin@primal.ucdavis.eduWebsite
Roger Boultonrbboulton@ucdavis.eduWebsite
Steve Kaffkasrkaffka@ucdavis.eduWebsite