Crop management

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The aim of LogistEC project work on crop management is to design and assess cropping systems (in terms of crop sequences and management practices) of lignocellulosic crops in order to reduce their environmental impacts while increasing their economic gains for farmers.

More specifically, the project partners will aim to:

  • summarise existing data on productivity, biomass quality and environmental impacts of lignocellulosic crops via meta-analyses,
  • fill in the missing knowledge gaps identified in the meta-analyses via specific field experiments¬† and the development of biophysical models,
  • assess two innovative crop management systems: the intercropping of biomass crops with legumes, and the use of process residues as fertilizers,
  • provide a framework to design and assess cropping systems including biomass crops whilst delivering a list of sustainable candidate systems with optimal properties for high-performance supply chains.

A large range of energy crops will be investigated: perennials (perennial grasses including Miscanthus and giant reed; short rotation coppice (SRC) including eucalyptus, poplar and willow), multi-annual crops (alfalfa and tall fescue) and annual crops (fibre sorghum and triticale).

Deliverables

  1. Databank including benchmarks of energy crop productions
  2. Scientific paper (and/or conference) on meta-analysis of agronomic performance and environmental impacts of biomass crops
  3. SOC models and agro-ecosystem models parameterized and validated for perennial energy crops
  4. Scientific (and/or conference) paper on the impact on C-N dynamics when reverting from perennial crops
  5. Recommendations for the management of biomass crops-legume intercropping for biomass production
  6. Recommendations for the valorisation of process residues by biomass crops
  7. Scientific (and/or conference) paper on the agronomic and environmental performances of biomass crops-legume intercropping for biomass production
  8. Scientific (and/or conference) paper on the valorisation of process residues by biomass crops
  9. Proposal of several cropping systems including biomass crops, and their multicriteria assessment