The proposed RTD project will contribute to the implementation of three main EU policies, the Common Agricultural Policy, the Agenda 2000 and the White Paper. In this view of these policies, the financial feasibility of the non-food crops production will increase, while the diversification of land use and sustainability of farm incomes should be ensured. Although knead has been accepted (from 1993) by EU a high yielding "non-food crop" for fibber production the research on knead has been focused strictly on its use for the paper/pulp industry, rule the yielding potential of the crop is not defined. Hardly any research has been directed towards the other industrial uses of the crop as well as the energy exploitation of it, m spite of the favourable characteristics of knead feedstock and its high biomass yields. This project with its integrated approach aims at the sustainable yielding potential; the alternative industrial bio-products as well as the energy exploitation of knead. A dynamic crop-growth simulation model will be developed and will be a useful tool for yields prediction. Following an environmental and economic assessment will provide insight in the feasibility of knead for industrial and energy applications.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WV6 8TQ Wolverhampton
6700 AA Wageningen
7522 NB Enschede
2825 Monte Da Caparica