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dc.contributor.authorMeehan, Peter
dc.contributor.authorBurke, Brendan
dc.contributor.authorDoyle, Deirdre
dc.contributor.authorBarth, Susanne
dc.contributor.authorFinnan, John
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-29T15:58:09Z
dc.date.available2020-06-29T15:58:09Z
dc.date.issued2017-11-02
dc.identifier.citationMeehan, P., Burke, B., Doyle, D., Barth, S. and Finnan, J. Exploring the potential of grass feedstock from marginal land in Ireland: Does marginal mean lower yield?. Biomass and Bioenergy, 2017, 107, 361-369. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.10.014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/2080
dc.descriptionpeer-revieweden_US
dc.description.abstractThe production of biomass feedstock from marginal land has attracted much attention as a means of avoiding conflict between the production of food and fuel. Yield potentials from marginal lands have generally not been quantified although it is generally assumed that lower biomass yields can be expected from marginal lands. A three year study was conducted in Ireland in order to determine if grass yields of perennial rhizomatous grasses (cocksfoot, tall fescue, reed canary grass, festulolium) for anaerobic digestion from three marginal land sites (very wet site, very dry site, site prone to flooding) could match yields from better soils. Randomised complete block designs were established on each site in 2012 with two varieties of each grass species as treatments. Three grass harvests were taken from each site in 2013 and in 2014. There was no significant difference between yields from the control site and those from the very dry site and the site prone to flooding. Biomass yields from the very wet site were 85% of those from the control site. Highest yields were obtained from festulolium which were significantly higher than yields from perennial ryegrass. An energy analysis showed that maximising the production of grass from low lying mineral marginal grassland in Ireland could provide enough energy to meet the energy requirements of both the private car fleet and the heavy goods vehicle fleet while avoiding conflict with food production which could be concentrated on conventional land.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBiomass and Bioenergy;Vol. 107
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectBiomethaneen_US
dc.subjectEnergyen_US
dc.subjectFestuloliumen_US
dc.subjectGrassen_US
dc.subjectMarginal landen_US
dc.titleExploring the potential of grass feedstock from marginal land in Ireland: Does marginal mean lower yield?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.embargo.terms2019-11-02en_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.10.014
dc.contributor.sponsorEuropean Unionen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorGrantNumberKBBE-2011-5-289461en_US
refterms.dateFOA2019-11-02T00:00:00Z


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