Wasserlinsen als Nutzpflanzen: Ein "Unkraut" mit vielen verborgenen Qualitäten

Translated title of the contribution: Duckweeds as crop plants

Klaus J. Appenroth, Eric Lam

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Members of the plant family Lemnaceae (duckweeds) are not only interesting because they represent the smallest flowering plants; they possess also the fastest rates of producing biomass. As aquatic plants, duckweed production is not in competition with other agricultural crops that require fertile land while the cultivation of duckweeds does not contribute to further eutrophication of surface water. Instead, they can be cultivated on municipal or agricultural waste water and remove the nutrients during their propagation and growth. Duckweeds can thus be used for cleaning of waste water and the resulting biomass can be valuable starting material for animal feeds and the production of biofuels. Research focusing on these goals has begun to transfer from research laboratories to pilot plants in different parts of the world, e.g. in New Jersey and North Carolina, USA; Chengdu, P. R. China; and Armidale, Australia.

Translated title of the contributionDuckweeds as crop plants
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalBiologie in Unserer Zeit
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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