Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number OC9611
Title The effects of soil compaction on biomass production in short rotation coppice of willow
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 25%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 25%;
Not Cross-cutting 25%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cranfield University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DEFRA
Start Date 01 January 1997
End Date 31 March 2001
Duration 51 months
Total Grant Value £342,143
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region East of England
Programme DEFRA Bioenergy
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cranfield University (100.000%)
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Abstract MAFF's policy is to encourage the development of novel crops which have the potential to benefit UK agricultural and manufacturing businesses, the rural economy and the environment. Short-rotation willow coppice is potentially one of the most commercially viable biofuel crops in Britain but the use of heavy harvesting machinery in wet conditions during winter can result in severe soil compaction and rutting. The long term effects of this damage on willow biomass production are not yet known and this research programme aims to: i) determine the effects of compaction on biomass production and harvesting conditions; and ii) propose practical, cost effective solutions for avoiding alleviating compaction. The results will be used to identify soil and climate conditions under which compaction causes economically significant reductions in biomass production and to recommend and widely disseminate appropriate solutions involving alternative harvesting systems of compaction alleviation techniques.
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Added to Database 22/12/11