Positive water linkages of producing short rotation poplars and willows for bioenergy and phytotechnologies
Review article, 2019

The production of short rotation woody crops (SRWCs) such as poplars and willows is a promising component of global bioenergy and phytotechnology portfolios. In addition to the provision of biomass feedstocks and pollution remediation, these trees and shrubs have been sustainably grown to conserve or utilize water in a variety of applications. Growing these woody plants for multiple uses supports many of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6) and Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7). As a result, focusing on ecosystem services such as freshwater and biomass has become an important aspect of deploying these production systems across variable landscapes. The current review consists of an introduction of ecosystem services and the SDGs, as well as SRWCs and their applications. The middle section of the review contains case studies highlighting the positive water linkages of producing short rotation poplars and willows for bioenergy and phytotechnologies. The review concludes with a section that combines the common themes that are consistent among the case studies to address options for integrating new bioenergy feedstock production systems into rural and urban landscapes to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability. This article is categorized under: Bioenergy > Economics and Policy Bioenergy > Climate and Environment.

sustainable development goals

biomass production

ecosystem services

water management

phytoremediation

Author

Ronald S. Zalesny

USDA Forest Service

Göran Berndes

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Ioannis Dimitriou

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

U. Fritsche

International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS)

Constance Miller

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Mark Eisenbies

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Solomon Ghezehei

North Carolina State University

Dennis Hazel

North Carolina State University

William L. Headlee

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Blas Mola-Yudego

University of Eastern Finland

M. C. Negri

Argonne National Laboratory

Elizabeth Guthrie Nichols

North Carolina State University

John Quinn

Argonne National Laboratory

Shawn Dayson Shifflett

North Carolina State University

Obste Therasme

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Timothy A. Volk

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Colleen R. Zumpf

Argonne National Laboratory

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment

2041-8396 (ISSN) 2041-840X (eISSN)

e345

Subject Categories

Renewable Bioenergy Research

Other Environmental Engineering

Environmental Management

DOI

10.1002/wene.345

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11/3/2019