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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 78, September 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 12/09/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


As demand for resources continues to grow, ascertaining where those resources are going to be available and sourced from is becoming an increasingly important area of research. Particularly where biomass in concerned, this is an issue, as there is regularly a conflict of interests: biomass can be utilised either as food or as a raw material, which creates competition for agricultural land, further exasperating the situation as available cropland becomes constrained. However, there is one key aspect that favours biomass’ use as a raw material: the fact that wastes from agricultural and forestry can provide a useful and significant volume of resource with little conflict on other uses if sourced carefully. The Rehap project was established to look into the potential use for such waste biomass resources and has produced a tool which can be used to forecast the future availability of agroforestry waste. The tool takes into account the current uses and demand for these resources for example.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Recipients of US Department of Energy funding announced


  • Dry weather continues to hit EU crop forecasts
  • Corn prices jump with Chinese biofuel commitment
  • Enviva makes healthy profit despite Chesapeake fire
  • The circular economy future of the chemicals industry​

Research & Development

  • Plastic fully metabolised by microbes
  • Analysis of over 30 years of global land-use change
  • Tool to forecast future availability of biomass
  • Research into fungus resistance in sorghum
  • Novel breeding strategy for bigger sugar beet
  • Vast majority of earth's biomass is plants
  • Irish forest bioeconomy​

Wood & Crop

  • UK Consultation on domestic wood burning
  • The profound effects of climate change on US agriculture
  • S&W breeding sorghum with reduced moisture for increased efficiency
  • Metsä plant produces millionth tonne of wood pulp
  • Mobilising the Irish private forestry sector
  • Analysis of Swedish willow for bioenergy​


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