Potentiality of Miscanthus Production in Zn Contaminated Soils

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The increasing demand for biomass for the production of bioenergy is generating land-use conflicts which might be avoided through the establishment of dedicated energy crops on marginal land. But assessment of bioenergy from marginal land should take into account constraining factors, such as productivity and biomass quality, as well as environmental and social aspects. In this context, this research work aims to study the potentiality of Miscanthus production in Zn contaminated soils. During three consecutive growing cycles, the response of three Miscanthus genotypes (two species - Miscanthus sinensis and Miscanthus floridulus, and a hybrid – Miscanthus × giganteus) to Zn contaminated soils (450 and 900 mg Zn.kg-1 dry matter) under different water regimes (950 mm and 475 mm) was evaluated in terms of growth and biomass productivity. Results obtained and modelled show that at higher water regimes (950mm) growth and biomass productivity of Miscanthus was not affected by zinc contamination. At a lower water regime (475 mm), growth and biomass productivity of M. x giganteus, but not of M. floridulus and of M. sinensis, were negatively affected by the zinc contamination. Reducing the water application affects significantly the production of M. x giganteus and M. floridulus but not so significantly M. sinensis. M. x giganteus was also significantly more productive than the other two Miscanthus species. Zinc removal percentages by Miscanthus accumulation are not significant after three consecutive years, towards the Zn soil total fraction, yet, the establishment of a Miscanthus cover represent an approach to attenuate and stabilize contaminated sites with additional revenue to owners. Biomass obtained in Zn contaminated soils presented no effects in terms of ash content, thus showing potential to be used for energy production, even if the Zn content increased with Zn contamination
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition: Setting the course for a Biobased Economy
EditorsI. Obernberger , D. Baxter, A. Grassi, P. Helm
PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
Pages285 - 288
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-88-89407-516
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition : Setting the course for a Biobased Economy, - Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 1 Jun 20154 Jun 2015
Conference number: 23rd

Publication series

NameEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition
PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
ISSN (Print)2282-5819

Conference

Conference23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Abbreviated titleEUBCE2015
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period1/06/154/06/15

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Miscanthus
polluted soils
Miscanthus floridulus
Miscanthus sinensis
biomass
zinc
bioenergy
water
Miscanthus giganteus
energy crops
environmental quality
ash content
biomass production
income
land use
genotype
energy
soil

Keywords

  • heavy metals
  • miscanthus
  • perennial energy crops
  • removal
  • phytoremediation

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Boléo, S. M. T., Fernando, A. L. A. D. C., Duarte, M. P., & Mendes, B. S. (2015). Potentiality of Miscanthus Production in Zn Contaminated Soils. In I. Obernberger , D. Baxter, A. Grassi, & P. Helm (Eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition: Setting the course for a Biobased Economy (pp. 285 - 288). (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition). ETA-Florence Renewable Energies. https://doi.org/10.5071/23rdEUBCE2015-1CV.3.23
Boléo, Sara Maria Tranquada ; Fernando, Ana Luísa Almaça da Cruz ; Duarte, Maria Paula ; Mendes, Benilde Simões. / Potentiality of Miscanthus Production in Zn Contaminated Soils. Proceedings of the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition: Setting the course for a Biobased Economy. editor / I. Obernberger ; D. Baxter ; A. Grassi ; P. Helm. ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, 2015. pp. 285 - 288 (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition).
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Boléo, SMT, Fernando, ALADC, Duarte, MP & Mendes, BS 2015, Potentiality of Miscanthus Production in Zn Contaminated Soils. in I Obernberger , D Baxter, A Grassi & P Helm (eds), Proceedings of the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition: Setting the course for a Biobased Economy. European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, pp. 285 - 288, 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition , Vienna, Austria, 1/06/15. https://doi.org/10.5071/23rdEUBCE2015-1CV.3.23

Potentiality of Miscanthus Production in Zn Contaminated Soils. / Boléo, Sara Maria Tranquada ; Fernando, Ana Luísa Almaça da Cruz; Duarte, Maria Paula; Mendes, Benilde Simões.

Proceedings of the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition: Setting the course for a Biobased Economy. ed. / I. Obernberger ; D. Baxter; A. Grassi; P. Helm. ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, 2015. p. 285 - 288 (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition).

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Boléo SMT, Fernando ALADC, Duarte MP, Mendes BS. Potentiality of Miscanthus Production in Zn Contaminated Soils. In Obernberger I, Baxter D, Grassi A, Helm P, editors, Proceedings of the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition: Setting the course for a Biobased Economy. ETA-Florence Renewable Energies. 2015. p. 285 - 288. (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition). https://doi.org/10.5071/23rdEUBCE2015-1CV.3.23