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Denmark can triple biomass production with better cropping systems – report

A study from the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University shows how Denmark can increase the production of biomass by more than 200 percent in an "environmentally friendly" way to replace oil-based products with "bio-friendly" ones.

Called the "Ten-million-tonne plan," it shows how the country can get that much biofuel per year without affecting the current production of food and animal feed.

"By concentrating on a number of areas we can in practice double plant production and improve the utilization of existing resources so there is enough both for food and feed production and for an additional 10 million [metric tons] of biomass in 2020," says Morten Gylling, senior advisor at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

The researchers said that to double crop yield per hectare, biomass producers should convert to cropping systems with improved perennial crops and break crops to extend the growing season.

"This will be sufficient to meet the requirements for both feed and food production and for the biomass production for a number of bio-friendly products," said Uffe Jorgensen, senior scientist at Aarhus University.

The increased production of biomass would push the establishment of a biorefinery sector in Denmark, which would spur the creation of more jobs in production and industry, estimated to be at around 20,000.

"10 million [metric tons] of biomass actually corresponds to 20 percent of our current consumption of natural gas and to 30-50 percent of our consumption of petroleum and diesel. To this should be added a significantly higher feed production that to a large extent will be able to replace what we currently import from countries such as South America," said professor Claus Felby from the University of Copenhagen. – EcoSeed Staff

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