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  • From field to biorefinery: Computer model optimizes biofuel operations

    Among the many variables the new computer model takes into account, harvest timing and technology is key. Here a traditional baler is used to harvest Miscanthus x giganteus, a tall perennial grass that can be harvested in late fall or winter.

    Among the many variables the new computer model takes into account, harvest timing and technology is key. Here a traditional baler is used to harvest Miscanthus x giganteus, a tall perennial grass that can be harvested in late fall or winter.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Yogendra Shastri, call 217-333-1775; email yshast1@illinois.edu. To contact K.C. Ting, call 217-333-3570; email kcting@illinois.edu. To contact Alan Hansen, call 217-333-2969; email achansen@illinois.edu. To contact Luis Rodriguez, call 217-333-2694; emaillfr@illinois.edu.

    The papers, “Impact of Distributed Storage and Pre-processing on Miscanthus Production and Provision Systems,” in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining; “Optimization ofMiscanthus Harvesting and Handling as an Energy Crop: BioFeed Model Application,” in Biological Engineering; “Development and Application of BioFeed Model for Optimization of Herbaceous Biomass Feedstock Production,” in Biomass and Bioenergy; “A Novel Decomposition and Distributed Computing Approach for the Solution of Large Scale Optimization Models,” in Computers and Electronics in Agriculture; and “Agent-Based Analysis of Biomass Feedstock Production Dynamics,” in
    BioEnergy Research are available online.