Perennial Biomass Crops for a Resource-Constrained World

  • Susanne Barth
  • Donal Murphy-Bokern
  • Olena Kalinina
  • Gail Taylor
  • Michael Jones
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction into Bioenergy Resources from Perennial Crops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. U. Jørgensen, P. E. Lærke
      Pages 33-41
    3. M. B. Jones, J. Zimmermann, J. Clifton-Brown
      Pages 43-49
  3. European Regional Examples for the Use of Perennial Crops for Bioenergy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. T. Goryachkovskaya, N. Slynko, E. Golubeva, S. V. Shekhovtsov, N. Nechiporenko, S. Veprev et al.
      Pages 67-76
    3. L. Pari, A. Suardi, A. Scarfone, E. Santangelo
      Pages 77-86
    4. Z. Jankauskienė, E. Gruzdevienė
      Pages 87-93
    5. J. Finnan, J. Carroll, B. Burke
      Pages 95-102
  4. Genotypic Selection of Perennial Biomass Crops for Crop Improvement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. T. R. Hodkinson, E. Petrunenko, M. Klaas, C. Münnich, S. Barth, S. V. Shekhovtsov et al.
      Pages 105-118
    3. C. Münnich, M. Klaas, V. Bartels, C. Gebhardt
      Pages 119-126
    4. S. Fonteyne, I. Roldán-Ruiz, H. Muylle, T. De Swaef, D. Reheul, P. Lootens
      Pages 127-144
    5. C. Münnich, K. Kørup, M. Klaas, S. Barth, J. B. Kjeldsen, J. Finnan et al.
      Pages 145-155
    6. G. Taylor, M. R. Allwright, H. K. Smith, A. Polle, H. Wildhagen, M. Hertzberg et al.
      Pages 167-190
    7. S. Sidella, B. Barbosa, J. Costa, S. L. Cosentino, A. L. Fernando
      Pages 191-197
    8. S. Jeżowski, S. Ornatowski, J. Finnan, Z. Kaczmarek, J. Cerazy
      Pages 199-206
  5. Ecophysiology of Perennial Biomass Crops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. X.-G. Zhu, T.-G. Chang, Q.-F. Song, J. Finnan, S. Barth, L.-M. Mårtensson et al.
      Pages 209-224
    3. E. Baraza, M. Tauler, A. Romero-Munar, J. Cifre, J. Gulias
      Pages 225-232
    4. P. Bartocci, G.i Bidini, F. Cotana, F. Fantozzi
      Pages 243-258
  6. Examples for End Use of Perennial Biomass Crops

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. L. Pari, V. Alfano, A. Acampora, A. Del Giudice, A. Scarfone, E. Sanzone
      Pages 261-271
    3. D. Waldmann, V. Thapa, F. Dahm, C. Faltz
      Pages 273-295
    4. B. Rauscher, I. Lewandowski
      Pages 297-305
  7. Susanne Barth, Donal Murphy-Bokern, Olena Kalinina, Gail Taylor, Michael Jones
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-313

About these proceedings


This book presents a flavour of activities focussed on the need for sustainably produced biomass to support European strategic objectives for the developing bioeconomy. The chapters cover five broad topic areas relating to the use of perennial biomass crops in Europe. These are: ‘Bioenergy Resources from Perennial Crops in Europe’, ‘European Regional Examples for the Use of Perennial Crops for Bioenergy’, ‘Genotypic Selection of Perennial Biomass Crops for Crop Improvement’, ‘Ecophysiology of Perennial Biomass Crops’ and ‘Examples of End-Use of Perennial Biomass Crops’. Two major issues relating to the future use of biomass energy are the identification of the most suitable second generation biomass crops and the need to utilise land not under intensive agricultural production, broadly referred to as ‘marginal land’. The two main categories of plants that fit these needs are perennial rhizomatous grasses and trees that can be coppiced. The overarching questions that are addressed in the book relate to the suitability of perennial crops for providing feedstocks for a European bioeconomy and the need to exploit environments for biomass crops which do not compete with food crops. Bioenergy is the subject of a wide range of national and European policy measures. New developments covered are, for example, the use of perennial grasses to produce protein for animal feed and concepts to use perennial biomass crops to mitigate carbon emissions through soil carbon sequestration. Several chapters also show how prudent selection of suitable genotypes and breeding are essential to develop high yielding and sustainable second generation biomass crops which are adapted to a wide range of unfavourable conditions like chilling and freezing, drought, flooding and salinity. The final chapters also emphasise the need to be kept an eye out for potential new end-uses of perennial biomass crops that will contribute further to the developing bioeconomy.


Biomass Quality Crop Management and Logistics Plant Ecosystem Sustainable Agriculture Stress Tolerance Plant Physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Barth
    • 1
  • Donal Murphy-Bokern
    • 2
  • Olena Kalinina
    • 3
  • Gail Taylor
    • 4
  • Michael Jones
    • 5
  1. 1.CELUP Oak Park Research CentreTeagascOak ParkIreland
  2. 2.LohneGermany
  3. 3.Fg. Nachwachsende Rohstoffe und BioenergUniversität HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  4. 4.Centre for BiosciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.School of Natural SciencesTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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