First to know the nature of bioenergy
GCB Bioenergy exists to promote understanding of the interface between biological sciences and the production of fuels directly from plants, algae and waste. All aspects of current and potential biofuel production, from forestry, crop production, enzymatic deconstruction and microbial fuel synthesis to implications for biodiversity, ecosystem services, economics, policy and global change will be included. Papers do not need to have a global change component for consideration for publication.
Articles from outside this area of interest to a biology readership are policy forum (covering legislative developments affecting biofuels), socioeconomic analyses (examining the economic viability or social acceptability of crops, crops systems and their processing, including genetically modified organisms [GMOs]), and systems analysis (examining biological developments in a whole systems context). Comparative studies of biomass projects and their mitigating effects will be important to the journal, as will plant/microbe interactions (i.e. maximizing yield while reducing/limiting nitrogen input) and genome research.
The journal will focus on topics in the context of biological implications:
- Bioenergy feedstock production, genetics and genomics
- Pests, diseases and weeds of feedstock
- Land-use change, including biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Oils from algae and crops
- Microbial deconstruction of lignocellulose
- Fermentation to fuels
- Systems biology of feedstock production, microbial deconstruction and fuel synthesis
- Carbon mitigation
Studies may be at all levels of organisation from gene discovery and enzyme design to crop feedstock genetics and systems analysis of biofuel production operations. They may be experimental, observational or theoretical, and may concern higher plant and algal systems, biological mimicry, enzymes, biotechnology, fuel synthesis, ecosystem services, environmental impacts and / or whole production system analysis. GCB Bioenergy publishes primary research articles, Platforms, Technical Papers, Reviews, Commentaries and Letters.