Agave lechuguilla as a potential biomass source in arid areas

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dc.contributor.author Houri, Ahmad
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-16T12:24:32Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-16T12:24:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1848-9257 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6900
dc.description.abstract Biomass productivity presents a challenging problem in arid and semi-arid areas. Despite a large need for energy in the form of solid biomass, liquid fuel or needs for animal feed, these regions remain largely unproductive. A convenient way to overcome this challenge is to utilize plants with high water-use efficiency. Agave lechuguilla is an example of a highly productive (3.8 tons ha-1 yr-1 ) desert plant that holds the potential for producing biomass with minimal water resources. For this purpose, a global suitability map has been developed showing areas where this plant can be planted, and its productivity was assessed. A Maxent model was used and was further refined by excluding protected areas and used lands (urban, agriculture, etc.). Productivity assessment provides a good way forward for prioritizing the regional utilization of this plant. This study provides an initial analysis for the use of arid and semi-arid regions for biomass production. Results indicate the potential generation of 93.8 million tons per year of dry biomass if the suitable areas were fully utilized. The analytical method can be readily applied to other potential plant species to optimize the use of certain areas. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Agave lechuguilla as a potential biomass source in arid areas en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199729070 en_US
dc.author.department Natural Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems en_US
dc.journal.volume 4 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 89-93 en_US
dc.keywords GIS en_US
dc.keywords Maxent en_US
dc.keywords Suitability analysis en_US
dc.keywords Productivity en_US
dc.keywords Arid en_US
dc.keywords Semi-arid en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.2016.04.0008 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Houri, A., & Machaka-Houri, N. (2016). Agave lechuguilla as a potential biomass source in arid areas. Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 4(1), 89-93. en_US
dc.author.email ahouri@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://hrcak.srce.hr/150412 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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