External nitrogen input affects pre- and post-harvest cell wall composition but not the enzymatic saccharification of wheat straw 


A new paper from project 1 has recently been published in Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 98.

Wheat is one of the most important crops for food and feed and its straw is a potential feedstock for biorefinery purposes. Nitrogen (N) is an essential input factor in wheat agriculture but there is no information available on how it affects straw composition during maturation and at harvest. In this large scale field experiment wheat plants were cultivated at three levels of externally applied N. The plants were harvested at different stages of maturation, spanning green straw at heading (ear emergence) to fully yellow straw at final maturity. The paper indicate that nitrogen fertilization partially alters the cell wall composition in wheat straw but is not a limiting factor in wheat biomass refinery

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