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The first results obtained on Jerusalem artichoke show that when grown in quality soil, this species presents very interesting production potential. For example, in northern Europe sugar-beet has the advantage, although this diminishes with decreasing latitude and in Mediterranean areas (notably Spain) Jerusalem artichoke gains the advantage. Theoretical genetic progress regarding this species has been significant considering the good overall productivity of biomass and the presently low harvest index. By increasing the yield, significantly lower production costs of agricultural raw material can be achieved. If during this workshop the feasibility of the ethanol production process has been illustrated, it appears necessary to anticipate a larger and more prospective spectrum of agro-industrial valorization with this type of raw material presenting specific characteristics (inuline content).

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Authors: GRASSI G, CEC, Bruxelles (BE);GOSSE G (EDITORS), INRA, Station Bioclimatologique, Thivernal-Grignon (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11855 EN-FR-IT (1988) FS, 213 pp., ECU 17.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-825-9188-3;CD-NA-
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