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Solutions for the safe application of wastewater and sludge for high efficient
biomass production in Short-Rotation-Plantations

SRP definition within BIOPROS

The procedure to cultivate fast-growing tree species and to harvest them in short 2-5 years cycles is well known for decades as Short Rotation Forestry (SRF). The sites, where these perennial crops are cultivated on agricultural land, are called Short Rotation Plantations (SRP) or Short Rotation Coppices (SRC). Within BIOPROS the research will solely focus on SRP with short rotation woody crops (see PDF) which have the potential to play an important role for our future energy generation from renewable biomass but also have a significant importance for the biological treatment of suitable wastewater and sewage sludge. Hereby the SRP treatment performance consists in the plant�s natural high nutrient uptake and transpiration rate, and to a high percentage in the microbial uptake in the rhizosphere. The combination of both aspects, high efficient biomass production and wastewater/sludge treatment, is essential for SRP crop selection within BIOPROS even if the emphasis might differ from region to region because of different local market demands.

Last update:  19.01.2006