Section one. Towards sustainability. General introduction / J.W.A. Langeveld and J.P.M. Sanders -- Transition towards a biobased economy / E. ten Pierick, E.M. van Mil and M.J.G. Meeusen -- Challenges for sustainable development / H. ¢stergêard, M.V. Markussen and E.S. Jensen -- Principles of plant production / J.W.A. Langeveld and G.W.J. van de Ven -- Plant breeding and its role in a biobased economy / L.M. Trindade ... [et al.] -- Biomass availability / J.W.A. Langeveld -- Section two. Biomass refining and conversion. Introduction to section II / J.W.A. Langeveld and J.P.M. Sanders -- Biorefineries: giving value to sustainable biomass use / E. de Jong ... [et al.] -- Plant production of chemical building blocks / A.J. Koops ... [et al.] -- The production of chemicals in a biobased economy / E.L. Scott, J. van Haveren and J.P.M. Sanders -- Advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass / R.R. Bakker -- Biogas / K.B. Zwart and J.W.A. Langeveld -- Section three actor involvement. Introduction to section III / M.J.G. Meeusen and J.W.A. Langeveld -- Policy making for the biobased economy / M. Londo and M.J.G. Meeusen -- Biobased industrialization in developing countries / S. Vellema, H.L. Bos and J.E.G. van Dam -- Biobased production chains / M.J.G. Meeusen -- Biofuel policies, production, trade and land use / M. Banse, H. van Meijl and G. Woltjer -- Public debate on sustainability of biofuels / M.J.G. Meeusen -- Section four. Transition in action. Introduction to section IV / J.P.M. Sanders and J.W.A. Langeveld -- Biodiesel from Brazil / H.W. Elbersen ... [et al.] -- Biobased products and bioenergy in Germany / A. Schèutte and D. Peters -- Development of the biobased economy in Canada, an overview / J.F. Jaworski -- A biobased economy for the Netherlands / J.P.M. Sanders and J.W.A. Langeveld -- Synthesis / J.W.A. Langeveld and J.P.M. Sanders. "This groundbreaking work, edited by a group of leading researchers originally from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands, sets out to unpick the complex systems in play. It provides an illuminating framework for how policy and market players could and should drive the development of a biobased economy that is effective, sustainable, fair and cost efficient. Starting with a state-of-the-art overview of major biobased technologies, including biorefinery and technologies for the production of biofuels, biogas, biomass feedstocks for chemistry and bioplastics, it discusses how different actor groups interact through policy and markets. Information from case studies is used to demonstrate how the potential of the biobased economy in different parts of the world, such as North America, Europe, and emerging economies like China and Brazil can be realized using research, debate, policy and commercial development. The result is an essential resource for all those working in or concerned with biobased industries, their policy or research."--BOOK JACKET.