The Agronomic Management of Straw and its Energy Use in a Long-Term Sustainability Perspective.

M. Monteleone, P. Garofalo & A.R. Cammerino
Climate change mitigation is the most important driving force for bioenergy development. Accordingly, the bioenergy environmental assessment should be focused on the actual savings of primary energy demand and carbon emissions. The “neutral” assumption related to crop residues (like cereal straws) can be certainly considered a rough simplification. Crop residues should not be viewed simply as a waste because they play a critical role in sustaining soil organic matter and therefore have an inherent C-sequestration...