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Dr. Mirko Liesebach

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22927 Großhansdorf

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e-Mail: mirko.liesebach@  thuenen.de

Intensification of wood production in short rotation coppices


 (c) M. Liesebach

Intensification of wood production in short rotation coppices (SRC) by implementing fast growing varieties and irrigation

Marginal arable land and additional unused property which is not available for food production could be utilized for the production of energywood. The efficiency could be raised considerably if fast growing cultivars were planted and irrigated.

Background and Objective

The culture of fast growing tree species (poplar, willow, aspen, Robinia, Alder a.o.) shall be intensified by selecting fast-growing cultivars and cultivating them under irrigation, especially in the Berlin region.


There is a large area potentially usable for SRC if irrigated. Up to 30 dry tonnes per ha can be produced under favorable conditions. The increasing demand for bioenergy and the higher efficiency justify the additional input. However, data is not available to evaluate the profitability of such intensive production in the Berlin region.


Involved Thünen-Partners


7.2012 - 6.2015

More Information

Projekt type:
Funding program: Innovationsförderung
Project status: finished


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  1. Müller-Kroehling S, Hohmann G, Helbig C, Liesebach M, Lübke-Al Hussein M, Al Hussein IA, Burmeister J, Jantsch MC, Zehlius-Eckert W, Müller M (2020) Biodiversity functions of short rotation coppice stands - results of a meta study on ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Biomass Bioenergy 132:105416, DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2019.105416
  2. Liesebach M (2020) Pappeln und andere schnellwachsende Baumarten in Deutschland : Bericht der nationalen Pappelkommission ; 2016 - 2019. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 38 p, Thünen Working Paper 141, DOI:10.3220/WP1585652175000
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  3. Niemczyk M, Przybysz P, Przybysz K, Karwanski M, Kaliszewski A, Wojda T, Liesebach M (2019) Productivity, growth patterns, and cellulosic pulp properties of hybrid aspen clones. Forests 10:450, DOI:10.3390/f10050450
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