EBI Personnel Directory Leakey, Andrew
Feedstock Production/Agronomy Program provides statistically sound information on yields, geographic variation, and agronomic requirements of sustainable lignocellulosic feedstocks and identifies agronomic procedures and feedstocks that will facilitate sustainable systems for the production of biofuels worldwide.
Leakey's group is synthesizing agri-ecological data in a framework centered on forecasting, quantifying uncertainty, and scaling spatially and temporally. Biofuel crop ecosystems models are being developed and will be applied at a regional scale to predict how crop suitability relates to environmental variability, ecosystem services and land-use change.
Woody biofuels currently constitute three-fourths of global biofuel production. Short-rotation coppice forestry can produce high yields and are an attractive option for second-generation bioenergy fuels. The project synthesizes existing data and collects new data on key variables affecting carbon and water cycling. It also examines ecosystem scale properties necessary to validate model performance, such as tree growth and survival, tissue chemistry, water use efficiency, soil respiration, and other factors.