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Many arid and semiarid areas of the world remain barren due to the lack of water even though the use of ephemeral local water sources, such as runoff water, could change the biomass production patterns. The objective of the present study was to determine the effects of levels of water application and modes of application on the biomass below and above(More)
Lately sweet sorghum (S) has attracted great interest as an alternative feedstock for biofuel production due to its high yielding potential and better adaptation to drought than maize (M). However, little is known about the response of newly developed sweet sorghum genotypes to water deficits, especially at the root level and its water uptake patterns. The(More)
Uncertainty in predictions of long-term yields of perennial grasses makes business plans untenable in the short run. Long-term data across varied environments, including marginal lands, will help in preventing uncertainty while providing farmers and entrepreneurs with sound information to estimate reliable and affordable strategies on what, where, and how(More)
Sweet sorghum has a photosynthetic system which is highly sensitive to cold stress and hence strongly limits its development in temperate environments; therefore, the identification of key exploitable cold tolerance traits is imperative. From a preliminary field trial, two dissimilar sweet sorghum hybrids (ICSSH31 and Bulldozer), in terms of early vigor and(More)
High and stable biomass yields for long periods (15–20 years) are indispensable for the successful establishment of a well-developed bioenergy sector. However, the effects of management practices, particularly nitrogen fertilization, on productivity and soil organic carbon (SOC) are difficult to understand, especially when considering that continuous(More)
A major constrain for sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) establishment as a reliable biofuel feedstock is the fast biomass degradation immediately after harvest due the high content of soluble sugars and their rapid fermentation that considerably decrease the actual ethanol yield. Such a drawback does not allow storing of sorghum for a reasonable(More)
Low precipitation and high evaporation rates hinder the establishment of tree seedlings in arid environments. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of covering different fractions (0, 30, 70 and 100%) of the wetted area surrounding seedlings of Acacia saligna (Labill.) H.L. Wendl. with a black polyethylene sheet on the seedlings development(More)
Sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is a C4 drought resistant species with a huge potential for bioenergy. Accentuated reductions in water availability for crop production and altered rainfall distribution patterns, however, will have direct impact on its physiological attributes, metabolic functions and plant growth. The objective of this study was to evaluate(More)
The regrowth capacity after pollarding of a short-rotation plantation of Acacia saligna (Labill.) H. Wendl. was investigated in a field trial. This shrub has been proposed as a provider of biomass (fuelwood and fodder) in an arid environment, using local marginal water resources such as surface runoff and brackish groundwater. The specific objective of this(More)
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