Working Party Meeting 17 and 18th September 2000

Institute of Agro-environment and Forest Biology,
National Research Council
Montelibretti, Rome, Italy

The 2010 meeting was hosted by the Institute of Agro-Environment and Forest Biology (IBAF) and the National Research Council in Montelibretti. Participants would like to thank Angelo Massacci and his team for organizing an excellent meeting.  Thirtyfive participants from nine countries attended the meeting which comprised presentations, a poster session, a visit to facilities at IBAF and a field trip on the second day.

Ten presentations were made on a variety of environmental applications of both poplar and willow. Topics included erosion control on slopes, protection of rivers from agricultural run-off, using poplar and willow as a barrier for excess sediments, the use of willow as living walls to provide a barrier to both noise and graffiti, the phytoremediation of landfill leachates and waste water general, of heavy metals and of  a variety of organic pollutants including perchloroethylene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, diesel, and pharmaceuticals. There followed a discussion about using the wood after phytoremediation applications, particularly for bioenergy production.  Several of the talks described using wood chips for electricity generation. Co-firing the chips with coal is seen as an effective way to reduce harmful emissions and generate power with current technology, but there needs to be such an end-user close to the site of biomass production to be economic under most situations. Concerning the release of pollutants, especially heavy metals, into the air or in the ash, it was pointed out that coal firing can results in high levels of mercury, so any reductions in coal would be beneficial. Also flue gas cleaning systems are designed to capture pollutants. In addition, poplar and willow have been found to retain most of the heavy metals in the roots rather than translocate it to aboveground tissues, so that pollutants are not transferred offsite in harvested biomass. There was also discussion on the importance of selecting the proper clones for the geographical location of a proposed site and that using a variety of clones to reduce loss of production due to pathogens.

The tour of the research centre facilities included a small experimental combined heat and power unit that used the poplar chips from the research station for producing electricity and heat for use on site.  The poster session and business meeting followed. The business meeting discussed the need to better promote the WP6 website, asking members to link their own websites to the IPC site.  Options for the next WP6 meeting included either linking it with the International Phytotechnologies meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon (USA) in September 2011 or with the annual meeting of the Poplar Council of Canada to be held in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) in autumn 2011. Preference was given to the Canadian option since volunteers came forward from the meeting participants to help organize it.

On Saturday, the meeting travelled to Colleferro in the River Sacco Basin, to visit a 90 ha poplar plantation on land closed to agricultural activities due to contamination by the pesticide lindane. Selected poplars are under trial to determine their effectiveness at soil cleaning by enhanced rhizoremediation with associated biomass production. This was followed by a visit to the Business Innovation Center of Lazzio (BIC Lazzio) to view a biomass fired trigeneration plant using a microturbine and boiler developed by the University of Rome. The plant has an energy conversion capacity of 1,050 tonnes/year biomass and supplies the BIC with all its heating, cooling and electricity needs. Professor Cordiner provided details of the plant which operates on mixed biomass including poplar, residues from olive oil production, and forest residues. Excess heat is used to dry the biomass prior to energy conversion.  Massimo Tarchi, the experimental research manager at BIC Lazzio presented the project on phytoremediation of Lindane, and  Angelo Massacci discussed his project on the phytoremediation of Lindane by inoculating poplar with specific rhizospheric bacteria capable of utilizing the pollutant as a sole carbon source. The inoculum nearly tripled the effective rhizodegradation of this pesticide.


Day One at IBAF Montelibretti
                                                           
Day Two at BIC Lassio and Colleferro



Meeting Documents
The majority of presentations and posters presented at the meeting are available to download below. Some have been held back as the information is in the process of being published in a journal. Click on Abstract, Poster or Slides to view.


Posters

FULL GREENHOUSE GAS BALANCE OF A BIO-ENERGY PLANTATION (POPFULL) Poster abstract 
D. Zona1, J. Cools1, A. Zaldei2, and R. Ceulemans1
1Department of Biology, PLECO, University of Antwerp, Belgium
2National Research Council (CNR), Biometeorology Institute, Firenze, Italy

REASONS FOR INCREASED LEAF RUST ABUNDANCE IN WASTEWATER TREATED WILLOW PLANTATIONS Poster Abstract 
Merje Toome and Katrin Heinsoo, IZB, Tart,u Estonia

PHYTOREMEDIATION RESEARCH USING POPLARS AND WILLOWS IN SERBIA Poster Abstract 
Andrej Pilipovic and Sasa Orlovic
Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, Novi Sad, Serbia

TREATING WASTE WATER IN POPLAR AND WILLOW ROOT ZONES Poster Abstract 
Louis Licht, P.E., Ecolotree Inc., North Liberty Iowa, USA

THE IMPACT OF HARVEST INTERVAL ON SHORT ROTATION COPPICED WILLOW PLANTATIONS AND PHYTOEXTRACTION OF METALS FROM BIOSOLIDS Poster Abstract  Poster 
W Scott Laidlaw1, S. Arndt2, D. Gregory3 and A.J.M. Baker1.
1School of Botany, University of Melbourne; 2Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne; 3 Melbourne Water Corporation, Australia
        
EARLY ROOTS DEVELOPMENT OF WILLOW UNROOTED STEMS UNDER DIFFERENT WATER TABLEAND AERATION LEVELS Poster Abstract  Poster 
Werther Guidi, Hafssa Kadri and Michel Labrecque
Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV) - Université de Montréal, Canada

PHYTOSANITARY CONCERNS IN THE BIOMASS POPLAR PLANTATION OF THE COFEA PROJECT (MONTEROTONDO – ROME) Poster Abstract 
Achille Giorcelli1, Gianni Allegro1, Stefano Verani2
1CRA – Research Unit for Intensive Wood Production, Casale Monferrato (AL)
2CRA – Research Unit for Intensive Wood Production, Roma

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS AND ENERGY BALANCE OF SHORT ROTATION CROPS FOR BIO-ENERGY PRODUCTION: A REVIEW Poster Abstract 
Ouafik El Kasmioui, Sylvestre Njakou Djomo and Reinhart Ceulemans
Research Group of Plant and Vegetation Ecology, University of Antwerp, Belgium

ROOT AND SHOOT PRUNING OF HYBRID POPLAR FOR ESTABLISHMENT IN HEAVY CLAY SOILSPoster Abstract  Poster 
Annie DesRochers, Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Quebec, Canada.


Presentations

EFFECTIVENESS OF SPACE PLANTED TREES FOR CONTROLLING SOIL SLIPPAGE ON PASTORAL HILL COUNTRY Abstract  Slides 
Ian McIvor1, Grant Douglas2, Andrew Manderson2, Malcolm Todd3, Stan Braaksma4, Ross Gray2
1Plant and Food, Palmerston North; 2AgResearch, Palmerston North; 3Horizons Regional Council, Palmerston North; 4Greater Wellington Regional Council, Masterton

USING WILLOW RIPARIAN BUFFERS FOR BIOMASS PRODUCTION AND RIPARIAN PROTECTION Abstract  Slides 
William Schroeder, Agricultural and Agri-food Canada, Saskatchewan, Canada

PHYTO-RECURRENT SELECTION: A METHOD FOR SELECTING POPULUS AND SALIX GENOTYPES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS Abstract  Slides 
Ronald S. Zalesny Jr, Jill A. Zalesny
U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies, Rhinelander, USA.

EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL OF EVAPOTRANSPIRATION COVERS AS A BIOMASS FEEDSTOCK IN URBAN SOUTH-EASTERN ONTARIO Abstract  Slides 
Jaconette Mirck1 and Warren E. Mabee2
1 Queen’s University, Department of Geography, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
2Queen’s University, School for Policy Studies, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

PRODUCTION OF SHORT ROTATION WOODY BIOMASS WITH AND WITHOUT IRRIGATION WITH TREATED MUNICIPAL SEWAGE WASTEWATER Abstract  Slides 
Richard Krygier,
Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Canadian Forest Service,  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

POPULUSSPP. STRATEGIES TO COUNTERACT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS: PHYTOREMEDIATION PERSPECTIVES Abstract 
D. Di Baccioa, A. Minnoccia, Tania Braccia, A. Andreuccib, G. Celanob,  R. Tognettic,
L. Sebastiania
aBioLabs, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa; bDipartimento di Biologia, Università di Pisa, Pisa; cDep. Scienze dei Sistemi Colturali Forestali e dell'Ambiente, Univ. Basilicata, Potenza; dEcoGeoFor Lab - Università degli Studi del Molise, Pesche, Italy

POPLAR-BASED PHYTOREMEDIATION PROCESSES Abstract  Slides 
Louis Licht, P.E., Ecolotree Inc., North Liberty Iowa, USA

CHOOSING THE PROPER PLANT MATERIAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS – A CHALLENGE Abstract  Slides 
J.G. Isebrands, Environmental Forestry Consultants, LLC, New London, Wisconsin, USA

WHO’S INTERESTED IN GROWING ENERGY CROPS IN THE UK? Abstract  Slides 
Kevin Lindegaard, Crops for Energy, Knowle, Bristol, UK

LEARNING FROM OUR MISTAKES: ACHIEVEMENTS AND MISFORTUNES IN PHYTOTECHNOLOGYAbstract  Slides 
Michel Labrecque, Plant Biology Research Institute,Montreal Botanical Garden, Canada

 AN OWN CONSUMPTION WOOD ENERGY MICRO-CHAIN (SITE VISIT) Abstract  Slides 
Stefano Verani1  Giulio Sperandio2, Rodolfo Picchio3
1 Agricultural Research Council. Research Unit for Wood Production Outside Forest. Cra-PLF Rome; 2Agricultural Research Council. Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering. CRA-ING, Rome; 3Tuscia University. Environment and Forest Department (DAF), Viterbo, Italy

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