Cynara Cardunculus L. Can Be Considered a Promising Perennial Crop for the Mediterranean Region when It Is Cultivated in Marginal Lands

E. Alexopoulou, M. Christou, C. Panoutsou, Y. Papatheohari & P. Soldatos
Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) is a lignocellulosic perennial crop, native to the Mediterranean regions. Since it is a crop with low water requirements is considered suitable to drought conditions of semi-arid Mediterranean environments. It is described as a non-food crop with many end uses such as: solid biofuels, oil production, paper and pulp, etc. During the last two decades it has been investigated in several EU research projects such as: JOUB 0030.E, AIR CT93 1089,...