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Commercial potential of giant reed for pulp/paper and biofuel production
Summary This project will produce baseline data to describe biomass growth curves and nutrient uptake by Adx grown on saline, marginal land and arable land. The yield and quality of Adx biomass products from different production systems and their conversion efficiencies to fibre or biofuels will be reported. Such results will be published in a final report through RIRDC entitled: " Comparison of Arundo donax as a complementary source of biomass for fibre, biofuels and or bioremediation compared to other conventional crop options".
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries acting through South Australian Research and Development Institute
Objective summary This project will provide indicative data in a report for publication by RIRDC on the commercial potential of the new biomass grass, Arundo donax (Adx) as a renewable, non food source of extremely high biomass yield for pulp/fibre/paper, or biofuels grown on marginal and arable soils. In this project, the weed risk assessment of Arundo donax and preparation of a weed risk management guidelines handbook (work with Dr John Virtue, Weeds CRC) will resolve where Adx can be grown in sustainable systems. Also data will be collected to estimate the ability of Arundo donax to treat wastewaters on marginal lands for resource recycling compared with other conventional crop feedstock sources.

This project will develop a new, non food crop, Adx, options for farmers and industry with multiple potential benefits, renewable fibre or energy feedstocks, within the framework of economic systems and systems which use non food crops on marginal lands with often marginal wastewater reuse systems.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Project completion date Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher Christopher Williams
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Adrienne Twisk