Potential habitat and biodiversity losses from intensified biodiesel feedstock production

  • Pin Koh L
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Abstract

This article discusses the changes in land use necessary to produce an adequate amount of biodiesel in the developing countries. According to the author, the four basic agricultural feedstocks (rapeseed, sunflower, soybean, and oil palm) have different oil recovery efficiencies and impact natural habitats in different ways. He argues that soybean-based biodiesel would cause the greatest habitat loss. He recommends increased protection areas for biodiversity hotspots, improvements in oil yield efficiency and diversification of renewable energy resources.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Alternative fuels
  • Biodiversity hotspots
  • Biofuels
  • Oil palm
  • Soybean
  • Tropical conservation
  • Tropical deforestation

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  • Lian Pin Koh

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