Special Issue "Growth and Development of Short Rotation Woody Crops for Rural and Urban Applications"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ronald S. Zalesny, Jr.
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USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies 5985 Highway K Rhinelander, WI 54501, USA
Interests: bioenergy; biomass; ecophysiology; ecosystem services; forest genetics; intensive forestry; phytotechnologies; short rotation woody crops
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Dr. Andrej Pilipović
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University of Novi Sad, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, Antona Čehova 13, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Interests: agroforestry; biomass production systems; coppice forestry; ecophysiology; poplar genetic improvement; phytoremediation; short rotation woody crops

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Woody biomass from short rotation woody crops (SRWCs) plays a substantial role in feedstock production for alternative energy sources throughout the world, thus helping to mitigate climate change driven by excessive use of fossil fuels. Establishment of these biomass production systems presents the basis for more efficient development of renewable energy sources while avoiding impacts to essential ecosystem services (i.e., additional emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere). In addition to these bioenergy-related uses, the increase of degraded land, such as industrial brownfields and municipal landfills, has prompted the integration of biomass production with phytotechnologies to produce income, sequester carbon, and clean the environment. Recognizing the need for information linking the silviculture of intensive forestry with the provision of ecosystem services, this Special Issue focuses on the growth and development of SRWCs grown for all types of applications along the rural to urban continuum (e.g., phytoremediation, green infrastructure, energy coppice). As such, we welcome submissions related to all aspects of producing SRWCs (e.g., silviculture, genetics, physiology).

Dr. Ronald S. Zalesny Jr.
Dr. Andrej Pilipović
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Bioenergy
  • Biomass
  • Coppice
  • Ecosystem services
  • Green infrastructure
  • Intensive forestry
  • Phytoremediation
  • Phytotechnologies
  • Reclamation

Published Papers (1 paper)

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High Biomass Productivity of Short-Rotation Willow Plantation in Boreal Hokkaido Achieved by Mulching and Cutback
Forests 2020, 11(5), 505; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11050505 - 01 May 2020
Weed control, which is commonly achieved by herbicides, is important in successfully establishing short-rotation coppice (SRC) of willow. In this study, we examined agricultural mulch film as a means of effective weed control and the influence of cutback practice (coppicing the first year’s [...] Read more.
Weed control, which is commonly achieved by herbicides, is important in successfully establishing short-rotation coppice (SRC) of willow. In this study, we examined agricultural mulch film as a means of effective weed control and the influence of cutback practice (coppicing the first year’s shoot growth in the winter following planting) on biomass production in boreal Hokkaido, Japan. One-year-old cuttings from two clones each of Salix pet-susu and S. sachalinensis were planted in double-rows at a density of 20,000 plants ha−1. All plants were harvested three growing seasons after cutback. Average oven-dried biomass yield was 5.67 t ha−1 yr−1 with mulching, whereas it was 0.46 t ha−1 yr−1 in the unmulched control with a weed biomass of 4.13 t ha−1 yr−1, indicating that mulching was an effective weed control. However, weeds grew vigorously on the ground between mulch sheets and their dry biomass amounted to 0.87 t ha−1 yr−1. Further weeding between the mulch sheets enhanced the willow biomass yield to 10.70 t ha−1 yr−1 in the treatment with cutback. In contrast, cutback even reduced the willow yield when there were weeds between the mulch sheets. This negative effect of cutback on the willow yield resulted from nutrient competition with weeds; there was similar leaf nitrogen content and dry biomass per unit land area for the weeds and willows combined in the control and mulching treatments. These results suggest that growing SRC willow is feasible in boreal Hokkaido if combined with complete weed control and cutback, and is facilitated by using mulch film. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Carbon Sequestration Potential of Short Rotation Eucalypts

Abstract: Above- and below-ground carbon sequestration by Eucalyptus plantations depends on plantation management options.  An intensively managed cultivar could sequester over 100 mt of C/ha at a cost of $21-40/mt.  Biochar’s use as a soil amendment is a long-term sequestration strategy and opportunity to increase plantation productivity.  In combination with the carbon sequestered through tree growth, sequestration of 2.5mt/ha of biochar in Eucalyptus plantation soils has estimated costs ranging from $3.3o-5.49/ton of C.

2. Title: Nutrient balance in willow system for wastewater treatment and possibilities for nutrient recovery through wood biomass

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