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  1. BIOMASS Eucalyptus

  2. EUCALYPTUS • Indigenous to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea • 700+ species live in Australia • Tree sizes follow the convention of: • Small — to 10 m (33 ft) in height • Medium-sized — 10–30 m (33– 98 ft) • Tall — 30–60 m (98–200 ft) • Very tall — over 60 m (200 ft) • Koalas and possums love the tree

  3. Table III-8ACREAGE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE BIOMASS FOR A 25 MILLION GALLON PER YEAR ETHANOL PRODUCTION FACILITY http://sorganol.com/

  4. Benefits of Eucalyptus • Can be genetically altered to grow in United States • Fast growing-can grow to 55 feet in 27 months • Better than corn for ethanol because it requires less energy • Reduce atmospheric CO2 levels

  5. Concerns • Extremely flammable-California • Baleful effect on biodiversity • Invasive species for US • Devoting arable land to fuel crops could destroy the food system

  6. Resources • http://www.salon.com/technology/how_the_world_works/2006/11/13/eucalyptus/index.html • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/02/01/will-genetically-modified-eucalyptus-trees-transform-southern-forests/ • http://sorganol.com/