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Title: Short rotation coppice culture of willows and poplars as energy crops on metal contaminated agricultural soils
Authors: Ruttens, Ann
Boulet, Jana
Weyens, Nele
Smeets, Karen
Adriaensen, Kristin
Meers, Erik
Van Slycken, Stijn
Tack, F.
Meiresonne, Linda
Thewys, Theo
Witters, Nele
Carleer, Robert
Dupae, Joke
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Phytoremediation, more precisely phytoextraction, has been placed forward as an environmental friendly remediation technique, that can gradually reduce increased soil metal concentrations, in particular the bioavailable fractions. The aim of this study was to investigate the possibilities of growing willows and poplars under short rotation coppice (SRC) on an acid, poor, sandy metal contaminated soil, to combine in this way soil remediation by phytoextraction on one hand, and production of biomass for energy purposes on the other. Above ground biomass productivities were low for poplars to moderate for willows, which was not surprising, taking into account the soil conditions that are not very favorable for growth of these trees. Calculated phytoextraction efficiency was much longer for poplars than these for willows. We calculated that for phytoextraction in this particular case it would take at least 36 years to reach the legal threshold values for cadmium, but in combination with production of feedstock for bioenergy processes, this type of land use can offer an alternative income for local farmers. Based on the data of the first growing cycle, for this particular case, SRC of willows should be recommended.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13117
DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2011.568543
ISI #: 000299432300014
ISSN: 1522-6514
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
vabb, 2012
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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