Title
Bamboo as a crop in Western Europe : a SWOT analysisBamboo as a crop in Western Europe : a SWOT analysis
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Research group
Environmental Ecology & Microbiology (ENdEMIC)
Department of Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
's Gravenhage,
Subject
Biology
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Acta horticulturae / International Society for Horticultural Science. - 's Gravenhage
Volume/pages
1003(2013), p. 89-96
ISSN
0567-7572
ISI
000333253600011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Given the coming peak oil crisis and the need to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions out of concern for a progressing global warming scenario, the European economy is currently stimulating the transition from a fossil fuel-based to a sustainable bio-based economy. Bamboo, though non-native on the continent, might be a useful resource in this respect. It has a number of strengths, such as its high growth rate and the ease at which the plant can be inserted in the existing portfolio of agricultural and biomass crops, but should not be regarded as a wonder crop that will solve all our problems. For example, farmers have no tradition or practical knowledge about cultivating bamboo, and the plant is often considered a possible invasive species. Nevertheless, the need for bio-based applications in the industry offers a number of opportunities.
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