Production and management of agricultural biomasses

This research area focuses on the improvement of plants and crops, innovative cropping systems, recycling technologies, and the application of such in sustainable green biomass production. The aim is an improved utilization of natural production conditions to achieve optimal resource utilization and minimal loss to the environment.

This will be achieved by optimized combination and management of crops and by improvement of crops targeted to the production conditions and with the desired quality parameters for biorefining. Additional focus will be the optimization of biodiversity in both intensive and extensive production systems.

Long-term, well-equipped field experiments on new biomass cropping systems are available at different pedo-climatic conditions for investigation of effects on soil, nutrient leaching, gaseous emissions and biodiversity    

Participating science teams and researchers 

Specific facilities connected with cultivation and management of green biomasses

Platform for innovative cultivation systems

Within the framework of BioBase, crop rotation experiments have been established, thus providing the opportunity to point out new bio-economic production systems that may differ completely from existing production systems. The experiments allowed scientists to examine the long-term effects of new biomass systems and compare these to traditional crop rotations, e.g. in relation to: 

  • Efficient utilization of radiation, water and nourishment
  • Yield and quality for bio-refining (species and types)
  • Nitrate leaching and soil carbon content
  • Weed flora, diseases, pests etc.
  • Soil fauna, game shelter etc. 

Technology platform for technology and smart management

Harvest and transport constitute major parts of the costs in relation to biomass utilization. The platform is the basis for research in the utilization of extensive agricultural and natural areas for energy, manure and bio-refined materials. The platform will develop and implement dedicated technological and system-optimizing solutions as well as demonstrate technological possibilities for sustainable biomass management, including: 

  • Testing new production concepts such as paludiculture
  • Designate and register biomasses via s og registrering af biomasse via satellite data
  • Harvest and processing in wet areas
  • Optimized transport and logistics from field to bio-refinery