The yield and composition of reed canary grass biomass as raw material for combustion

  • Lina Pocienė
  • Lina Šarūnaitė
  • Vita Tilvikienė
  • Jonas Šlepetys
  • Žydrė Kadžiulienė
Keywords: Phalaris arundinacea L., biomass yield, bioenergy potential


Biomass has variable composition and properties which depend on fertilization intensity. Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea L.) was investigated in small-plots experiment on light soil Arenosols. The biomass yield data on the average of two years of sward use showed that in this experiment biomass yield of reed canary grass without nitrogen was significantly lower than that fertilized with nitrogen, and ash content range depended on fertilization. In comparison with grass fertilized with N120 and N0 the biomass with nitrogen fertilization N120 showed the lowest concentration of ash, which is a favourable feature for combustion process. Further research into the management of reed canary grass is needed.