Preventing the Next Kudzu: A Life-cycle Approach to Low-invasion Potential Bioenergy Production - Presentation and Discussion/Webinar

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) invites you to attend a presentation and discussion
cohosted by the Environmental Law Institute    


When:  Monday, February 22, 2016
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Where:  Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, D.C.  20036

This event is free and open to the public with options to attend in person or online.

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  • Jacob Barney, PhD ~ Assistant Professor of Invasive Plant Ecology, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Tech
  • Read Porter, JD ~ Senior Attorney and Director of Invasive Species Programs, Environmental Law Institute


  • Aviva Glaser ~ Legislative Representative for Agriculture Policy, National Wildlife Federation
  • Anthony Koop, PhD ~ Risk Analyst, Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory/Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, USDA - APHIS - PP


  • Kent Schescke ~ EVP, Council on Agricultural Science and Technology


A Life-cycle Approach to
Low-invasion Potential Bioenergy Production

(CAST Commentary QTA2016-1)

CAST will release this paper, which will be a focal point for this panel discussion, on February 22, 2016.

Bioenergy is being pursued globally to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable energy source. To lessen conflicts with existing food/feed production, bioenergy crops are bred to grow on marginal lands with minimal inputs. Many are concerned that new invasive species may be introduced as bioenergy crops. The authors of this commentary show that the risk of invasion can most effectively be prevented through a life-cycle approach that adopts appropriate scientific and policy tools at each step in the production process, from crop selection to field production, feedstock transport and storage, and decommissioning--thus avoiding the "kudzu effect." This paper provides a clear, comprehensive framework to guide regulatory agencies in the selection and permitting of biofuel feedstocks.

This CAST Commentary will be available starting February 22nd as a free download from the CAST website,

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