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Verwertung von Nesselfasern aus Grenzertragsflächen angebaut im System der Agroforstwirtschaft (NETFIB)
Coordinating Institute
Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Michel Chalot
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Hochschule Bremen
Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Université de Lorraine
r3 environmental technology ltd

Allocated to research program
Debates on the energetic use of biomass show that land is a scarce resource. There are increasing land use conflicts between the needs of food production and the non-food use of biomass. This conflict is due to the use of contaminated soils, e.g. due to contamination are unsuitable for food production, potentially solvable. In addition, such crop production can be combined with little effort to rehabilitate soil functionality and thus mitigate risks to human health and the environment. Similarly, selecting appropriate plant species may improve biodiversity. Essential sustainability aspects are thus served. While the generation of energetically used biomass on such areas has already been realized, there are no comprehensive concepts for e.g. the production of plant fibers. The NETFIB project offers a holistic approach: utilization of nettle biomass from cultivation in an agroforestry system on marginal land. The project is being carried out by a European consortium of science and industry at 4 sites in the EU. The Great Nettle (Urtica dioica) is potentially available at such phytomanagement sites. However, their utilization potential has not been adequately tested so far. The optimization of the process chain from cultivation in an agroforestry system to processing represents a promising approach, which offers economically and economically sustainable production of a renewable raw material. The implementation of the dual-use NETFIB concept can improve the competitiveness of natural fiber production because it does not compete with food production in agricultural crop rotation. NETFIB encompasses the ecological and technical assessment along the entire value chain.

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Funding agency
Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Grant agreement number
Funding framework
Era-Net SusCrop - Call 1