Special Issue "Sustainable and Innovative Utilization of Common Reed (Phragmites Australis) in the Bioeconomy"

A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Volker Beckmann

Faculty of Law and Economics & Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, University of Greifswald, Soldmann Str. 15, 17487 Greifswald, Germany
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Phone: +49 3834 420 4122
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Interests: institutional change, institutional economics, environmental and resource economics, governance of natural resources, agricultural and land economics, conservation, technology adoption, sustainable land management
Guest Editor
Dr. Niels Thevs

World Agroforestry Centre, Central Asia Office, 138 Toktogol Street, 720001 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Interests: water resource management, remote sensing, wetland conservation, wetland utilization
Guest Editor
Dr. Joachim Venus

Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Max-Eyth-Allee 100, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
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Interests: industrial biotechnology, biorefineries, scaling-up of bioprocesses, pre-treatment of biomass for microbial conversion processes, bioconversion of renewable resources
Guest Editor
Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann

Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, University of Greifswald, Soldmann Str. 15, 17487 Greifswald, Germany
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Interests: paludiculture, soil physics, landscape–water balance, solute movement in soils, economy on farm level, water management, peatland utilisation, GHG emissions from agriculture, ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Common reed (Phragmites australis) is a worldwide-spread wetland plant with a high biomass potential and plant features that can turn it into a valuable renewable resource for multiple purposes. Traditional utilizations, like its use for thatching in Europe or for pulp and paper production in China, are still common; however, research and development is exploring new innovative utilization options, for instance, for advanced building materials, biofuels, biogas, and bioplastics. Besides proving technical feasibility, many obstacles are usually related to the up-scaling of new utilizations. Securing the resource base, employing cost-efficient and environmentally friendly harvesting technologies, establishing profitable supply and values chains, and raising consumer acceptance are just a few of them. Furthermore, there are different social and ecological contexts in which the utilization of reed is embedded. Reed beds are sometimes considered to be a strongly protected habitat—as, for example, in Germany—or invasive, as in North America. This Special Issue focuses on the sustainable and innovative utilization of reed biomass in the bioeconomy. Research papers, reviews, and case studies are welcome that introduce new utilizations and/or discuss sustainability issues related to reed utilization. In particular, we encourage papers on the organization of supply chains, the acceptance of final consumers, sustainable harvesting techniques, property rights and governances structures, and governmental regulations of the utilization of common reed in the bioeconomy.

Prof. Dr. Volker Beckmann
Dr. Niels Thevs
Dr. Joachim Venus
Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioeconomy
  • common reed
  • wetlands
  • renewable construction materials
  • biogas
  • bioplastics
  • biofuels

Published Papers

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