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By S.K. Basu
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada T1K 3M4

Guyana Journal, November 2012



Handbook of Plant Based Biofuels edited by Ashok Pandey, 2009; CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group; Boca Raton, Florida, USA; E-Book, pp. 316; ISBN-10: 1-56022-175-5; IS-13: 978-1-56022-175-3

This is a comprehensive and hands-on production guide or technical book/manual for researchers working in areas of plant based biofuel. An all inclusive, excellent production that has a balanced coverage of all technical aspects of modern plant based biofuels research. The present volume is comprised of 20 well organized chapters, divided into three major sections, namely: General, [comprising four chapters (1-4)] Production of Bioethanol [comprising seven chapters (5-11)] and Production of Biodiesel [comprising 9 chapters (12-20]. The production of bioethanol and biodiesel has both been well covered from the perspectives of a large number of divergent plant species representing both dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous members. Each chapter is characterized by simple language, word diagrams, multiple illustrations and numerous examples.

The current volume will be valuable to researchers and students in Botany, Applied Biology, Agriculture, Green Chemistry, Environmental Technology, Plant Sciences, Chemical Technology, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Life Sciences.

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Biofuels: Alternative Feedstocks and Conversion Processes edited by Ashok Pandey, Christian Larroche, Steven Ricke, Claude-Gilles Dussap and Edgard Gnansounaou, 2011; Academic Press; Oxford, UK and San Diego, CA, USA; ISBN: 978-0-12-385099-7

The current volume represents an excellent production highlighting several aspects of different frontier areas in the research and development involving biofuel production and development. The volume is divided into five broad sections. A number of internationally reputed scholars and researchers have contributed in this volume covering areas such as biorefineries, biomass conversions, biofuel generation, bioengineering processes, feedstocks, physical, chemical and biological aspects of biofuel production, microbial and biotechnological aspects of biofuel generation, opportunities and challenges associated in different aspects of biofuel generation and biomass conversion processes. The current volume is highly recommended for both under graduate and post graduate students in Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Applied Biology, Chemical Sciences, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Plant Sciences, Crop Production, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences. It will also cater to serious researchers and enthusiastic readers in the realm of alternative energy resources and in areas of sustainable and green energy technology development.


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