Conference: Novel and Sustainable Pathways of Biomass Production
This conference, taking place in Szczecin - Kobylanka, Poland, on 19 and 20 September 2018, highlights the latest international research outcomes on biomass plants that can be used to mitigate ecological challenges. The event is organised as part of the SidaTim* project which is funded through ERA-NET Cofund FACCE SURPLUS’ call on Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems.
Challenging and competitive market conditions in the European bio-economy have led to increasingly intensiﬁed agricultural cultivation practices. However, these practices have had ecologically adverse impacts such as high nitrate leaching, excessive soil erosion, and the loss of insect and bird populations in agricultural areas. Hence, a reorientation of agricultural management practices that provides increased production and utilization of natural resources as well as ecological sustainability is needed. This conference highlights the latest international research outcomes on biomass plants that can be used to mitigate some of these ecological challenges. Particular focus will be given to the plants Sida hermaphrodita and Silphium perfoliatum, highlighting their productivity, potential uses, open research questions, and management experiences.
More information can be found on the FACCE SURPLUS website
*: Project title: 'Novel Pathways of Biomass Production: Assessing the Potential of Sida hermaphrodita and Valuable Timber Trees' (SidaTim). The aim of SIDATIM is to strengthen the European bio-based economy by researching and promoting potentials of new land use concepts that comprise 1) innovative multipurpose plant species and 2) novel agricultural management approaches.