NERC and CEH Publications on Bioenergy Sustainability

  1. Whitaker, J. Field, JL. Bernacchi CJ, Ceulemans R., Davies CA., DeLucia EH., Donnison IS., McCalmont JP., Paustian K., Rowe RL., Smith P., Thornley P., McNamara NP. (2017) Consensus, uncertainties and challenges for perennial bioenergy crops and land-use. GCB Bioenergy. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12488

  2. Elias, D.M.O. Rowe, R.L., Pereira, M.G., Stott, A.W., Barnes, C.J., Bending, G.D., McNamara, N.P. (2017) Functional differences in the microbial processing of recent assimilates under two contrasting perennial bioenergy plantations. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 114, 248-262. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.07.026  

  3. Maddison AL, Camargo-Rodriguez A, Scott IM, Jones CM, Elias DMO, Hawkins S, Massey A, Clifton-Brown J, McNamara NP, Donnison IS,  Purdy SJ (2017) Predicting future biomass yield in Miscanthus using the carbohydrate metabolic profile as a biomarker. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12418

  4. Drewer J, Yamulki S, Leeson SR, Anderson M, Perks MP, Skiba UM, McNamara NP (2017) Difference in soil methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) fluxes from bioenergy crops SRC Willow and SRF Scots Pine compared with adjacent arable and fallow in a temperate climate. BioEnergy Research, 10 (2), 575-582. doi: 10.1007/s12155-017-9824-9

  5. Pogson, M., Richards, M., Dondini, M., Jones, E. O., Hastings, A. and Smith, P. (2016) ELUM: A spatial modelling tool to predict soil greenhouse gas changes from land conversion to bioenergy in the UK. Environmental Modelling & Software, 84, 458-466, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.07.011

  6. Robertson A.  Whitaker J, Morrison R, Davies C, Smith P, McNamara N (2016)  A Miscanthus plantation can be carbon neutral without net sequestration in soils. GCB Bioenergy. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12397

  7. Robertson A.D., Davies C.A., Smith P., Stott A.W., Clark E.L. & McNamara N.P. (2016). Carbon Inputs from Miscanthus Displace Older Soil Organic Carbon Without Inducing Priming. BioEnergy Research, 1-16. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-016-9772-9

  8. McCalmont JP, McNamara NP, Donnison IS, Farrar K, Clifton-Brown JC (2016) An interyear comparison of CO2 flux and carbon budget at a commercial-scale land-use transition from semi-improved grassland to Miscanthus x giganteus. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12323

  9. McCalmont JP, McNamara NP, Donnison IS, Farrar K, Clifton-Brown JC (2016) Partitioning of ecosystem respiration of CO2 released during land-use transition from temperate agricultural grassland to Miscanthus x giganteus. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12380

  10. Harris, ZM., Alberti G, Viger M, Jenkins, JR, Rowe R, McNamara NP, Taylor G (2016) Land-use change to bioenergy: grassland to short rotation coppice willow has an improved carbon balance. GCB Bioenergy, doi:10.1111/gcbb.12347

  11. Richards, M., Pogson, M., Dondini, M., Jones, E. O., Hastings, A., Henner, D. N., Tallis, M. J., Casella, E., Matthews, R. W., Henshall, P. A., Milner, S., Taylor, G., McNamara, N. P., Smith, J. U. and Smith, P. (2016) High resolution spatial modelling of greenhouse gas emissions from land use change to energy crops in the UK. GCB Bioenergy. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12360

  12. Rowe RL, Keith AM, Elias D, Dondini M, Sith P, Oxley J and McNamara NP (2016) Initial soil C and land-use history determine soil C sequestration under perennial bioenergy crops. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12311.

  13. Parmar K., Keith AM, Rowe RL, Sohi SP, Moeckel C, Pereira MG, McNamara NP (2015) Bioenergy driven land use change impacts on soil greenhouse gas regulation under Short Rotation Forestry. Biomass & Bioenergy, 82, 40-48. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.05.028

  14. McCalmont JP, Hastings A, McNamara NP, Richter GM, Robson P, Donnison IS, Clifton-Brown J (2015) Environmental costs and benefits of growing Miscanthus for bioenergy in the UK. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12294

  15. McClean GJ, Rowe RL, Heal KV, Cross A, Bending GD, Sohi SP (2015) An empirical model appraoch for assessing soil organic carbon stock changes following biomass crop establishment in Britain. Bomass and Bioenergy, 83, 141-151. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.09.005.

  16. Robertson AD, Davies CA, Smith P, Dondini M, McNamara NP (2015) Modelling the carbon cycle of Miscanthus plantations: existing models and the potential for their improvement. GCB Bioenergy, 7, 405-421. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12144.

  17. Harris ZM, Spake R, Taylor G (2015) Land use change to bioenergy: A meta-analysis of soil carbon and GHG emissions. Biomass and Bioenergy, 82, 27-39. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.05.008.

  18. Dondini M, Jones EO, Richards M, Pogson M, Rowe RL, Keith AM, Perks M, McNamara NP, Smith JU & Smith P (2015) Evaluation of the ECOSSE model for simulating soil organic carbon under short rotation forestry energy crops in Britain. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12154

  19. Dondini M, Richards M, Pogson M, Jones EO, Rowe RL, Keith AM, McNamara NP, Smith JU & Smith P (2015) Evaluation of the ECOSSE model for simulating soil organic carbon under Miscanthus and short rotation coppice-willow crops in Britain. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12286

  20. Dondini M, Richards M, Pogson M, McCalmont J, Drewer J, Marshall R, Morrison R, Yamulki S, Harris ZM, Alberti G, Siebicke L, Taylor G, Perks M, Finch J, McNamara NP, Smith JU & Smith P (2015) Simulation of greenhouse gases following land-use change to bioenergy crops using the ECOSSE model. A comparison between site measurements and model predictions. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12298.

  21. Keith KA, Rowe RL, Parmar K, Perks MP, Mackie E, Dondini M & McNamara NP. (2014) Implications of land use change to Short Rotation Forestry in Great Britain for soil and biomass carbon. GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12168.

  22. Harris ZM, McNamara NP, Rowe R, Dondini M, Finch J, Perks M, Morrison J, Donnison I, Farrar K, Sohi S, Ineson P, Oxley JC, Smith P, Taylor G (2014) The ELUM project: Ecosystem Land-use modelling and soil carbon GHG flux trial. Biofuels, 5(2), 111-116. doi: 10.4155/bfs.13.79

  23. Rowe R*, Whitaker J*, Freer-Smith PH, Chapman J, Ludley KE, Howard, DC, and Taylor G (2011) Counting the cost of carbon in bioenergy systems: sources of variation and hidden pitfalls when comparing life cycle assessments. Biofuels, 2(6), 693-707. doi: 10.4155/bfs.11.131

  24. Whitaker J., Ludley, KE., Rowe R, Taylor G, and Howard DC (2010) Sources of variability in estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and energy requirements for biofuel production.  Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 2 (3), 99–112. doi: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2010.01047.x

  25. Howard, D.C., Wadsworth, R.A., Whitaker, J., Hughes, N., Bunce, R.G.H (2009) The impact of sustainable energy production on land use in Britain through to 2050. Land Use Policy, 26S, S284-292.