Our Top 10 list of classic and recent publications, presentations and other media that give voice to concerns about bioenergy? impacts to wildlife and other ecological resources, and that support the idea of a win-win situation with careful planning and policy.

Brooke, R, G Fogel, A Glaser, E Griffin and K Johnson. 2009. Corn ethanol and wildlife: how increases in corn planting are affecting habitat and wildlife in the Prairie Pothole Region. National Wildlife Federation. Full text.

Groom, MJ, EM Gray and PA Townsend. 2008. Biofuels and biodiversity: principles for creating better policies for biofuel production. Conservation Biology 22:602-609. Abstract.

Fargione, J. 2010. Is bioenergy for the birds? An evaluation of alternative bioenergy landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 107:18745-18746. Abstract.

Fargione, JE, TR Cooper, DJ Flashpohler, J Hill, C Lehman, T McCoy, S McLeod, EJ Nelson, KS Oberhauser and D Tillman. 2009. Bioenergy and wildlife: threats and opportunities for grassland conservation. Bioscience 59:767-777. Abstract.

Jarchow, ME and M Liebman. 2010. Incorporating prairies into multifunctional landscapes: establishing and managing prairies for enhanced environmental quality, livestock grazing and hay production, bioenergy production, and carbon sequestration. Iowa State University Extension, Ames, Iowa. Full text.

Meehan, TD, AH Hurlbert and C Gratton. 2010. Bird communities in future bioenergy landscapes of the Upper Midwest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 107: 18533-18538. Abstract.

Sample, D and C Ribic. 2010. Grassland bird use of warm season conservation reserve program fields in Southwestern Wisconsin. Presentation.

Searchinger, T. 2008. The impacts of biofuels on greenhouse gases: how land use change alters the equation. Policy brief of the Economic Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Full text.

Searchinger, T, R Heimlich, RA Houghton, F Dong, A Elobeid, J Fabiosa, S Tokgoz, D Hayes and T-H Yu. 2009. Use of U.S. Croplands for biofuel increases greenhouse gases through emission from land-use change. Science 319: 1238-1240. Abstract.

Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

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A visit to switchgrass? trial plots run by Iowa State University researchers; near Ames, IA. Photo by CL Williams, 2010.