ASSESSING BIOAVAILABILITY OF METALS IN BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCKS, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR CONTAMINATED LAND USE STRATEGIES

Published in Scientific Bulletin. Series F. Biotechnologies, Vol. XXII
Written by Judith BARRETT, Simon CHRISTIE, Delia DIMITRIU, Ştefana JURCOANE Andra MORARU

The production of energy crops such as Camelina sativa on contaminated land offers the possibility of a high-value low-cost long-term remediation strategy and a potential counterbalance to land abandonment. This shift in agrarian practice offers a potentially viable source of income to primary stakeholders and brings the land back into useful production. We report on the development of methodologies for charting the traceability of potentially toxic elements in camelina cultivated on contaminated land from soil to plant material and raw oil. Translocation factors for Cd and Zn suggest camelina has the potential to act as accumulator, offering potential phytoremediation benefits. However careful consideration of the use and value of the co-products is needed to determine an accurate business case scenario.

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BARRETT J., CHRISTIE S., DIMITRIU D., JURCOANE MORARU ?.A. 2018, ASSESSING BIOAVAILABILITY OF METALS IN BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCKS, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR CONTAMINATED LAND USE STRATEGIES. Scientific Bulletin. Series F. Biotechnologies, Vol. XXII, ISSN 2285-1364, 139-146.


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