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Comparison of Arundo donax L. and Miscanthus x giganteus in a long-term field experiment in Central Italy: Analysis of productive characteristics and energy balance
Abstract Miscanthus x giganteus (miscanthus) and Arundo donax L. (giant reed) are two perennial crops which have been received particular attention during the last decade as bioenergy crops. The mainExpand
Effect of irrigation and nitrogen fertilization on biomass yield and efficiency of energy use in crop production of Miscanthus
Abstract The perennial C 4 grass Miscanthus has been proposed as a biomass energy crop in Europe. Effects of crop age, irrigation and nitrogen fertilization on biomass and energy yields and N contentExpand
Variation in agronomic characteristics and seed oil composition of new oilseed crops in central Italy.
Some of these species showed good agronomic traits, including tolerance to drought and to high temperature, making them potentially suitable for cultivation in the Mediterranean area, and further breeding work should be directed towards increasing seed oil content and eliminating certain wild characteristics. Expand
Biomass yield and energy balance of giant reed (Arundo donax L.) cropped in central Italy as related to different management practices
Giant reed biomass calorific mean value was about 17 MJ kg −1 dry matter and it was not affected by fertilisation, or by plant density or harvest time, and the energy production efficiency and the net energy yield increased due to the low crop dry biomass yield. Expand
Greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural phase of wine production in the Maremma rural district in Tuscany, Italy
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest from retailers, industries and environmental associations in estimating the life cycle of greenhouse gases emitted in the atmosphere fromExpand
Evapotranspiration and crop coefficient of poplar and willow short-rotation coppice used as vegetation filter.
Ten-day evapotranspiration (ETc) seemed to be strongly correlated to plant development and mainly dependent on its nutritional status rather than on the differences between the species. Expand
Size and composition of the weed seedbank under different management systems for continuous maize cropping.
Differences among maize management systems depended mainly upon weed control efficacy rather than upon tillage effects, and Canonical discriminant analysis showed that maize managers based upon reduced tillage had more characteristic weeds than systems based upon ploughing. Expand
Establishment, persistence and effectiveness of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal inoculants in the field revealed using molecular genetic tracing and measurement of yield components.
Proof of inoculation success and sustained positive effects on biomass production and quality of M. sativa crop plants hold promise for the role that AM fungal inoculants could play in agriculture. Expand
Long-term evaluation of biomass production and quality of two cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) cultivars for energy use
The results confirmed cardoon's good biomass yield and favourable energy balance even in cultivation systems characterised by limited water input, and future works are necessary to improve cardoon biomass quality. Expand
Suitability of giant reed (Arundo donax L.) for anaerobic digestion: effect of harvest time and frequency on the biomethane yield potential.
This study examined the influence of harvest time and frequency on the Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP), the kinetics of biomethane accumulation in batch reactors and the expected methane yield per hectare of giant reed by coupling the early cuts with the corresponding regrowths. Expand