ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Short Rotation Woody Crops Grown on Marginal Soil for Biomass Energy
Mariusz J. Stolarski1, Michał Krzyżaniak1, Stefan Szczukowski1, Józef Tworkowski1, Arkadiusz Bieniek2
 
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1Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Production, Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture,
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Plac Łódzki 3/420, 10-724 Olsztyn, Poland
2Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection, Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture,
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2014;23(5):1727–1739
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Short rotation woody crops are grown to be used as feedstock for energy and industrial purposes in many countries of Europe, and in the USA and Canada. Wood biomass is acquired from forests, the wood industry, and as a by-product of trimming trees and bushes. In future, considerable amounts of wood biomass should be supplied by dedicated energy crops (willow, poplar, black locust). The aim of this study was to determine the morphological features, yield and energy value of the yield of three species of plants grown at a site with poor soil quality and low usability for edible crops. The study has shown that the species of willow and poplar can be grown on poor quality agricultural land because they provide high yield, high energy, and high coal equivalent. However, the biomass of black locust may fail to provide sufficient yield to justify setting up a plantation using this species.
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