Project BioReGen: Planting trees to recover a damaged ecosystem

The project BioReGen is a very interesting plan developed on abandoned industrial estate in the north-east of England (Durham County). Basically, the project recovers polluted land by planting specific crops - in this case, crops intended for biofuels. The process is called biorecovery (see also MSU's project).

University of Teeside's CLEMANCE (Clean Environment Management Centre) program achieves this recovery by planting specific trees such as willows, miscanthus, phalaris arundinacea and switchgrass. The trees are a good source for biomass (for small-scale power plants) and switchgrass can be used as a raw material to obtain biofuels.

The process has been very successful so far, but it's got an inconvenient truth: it takes years to depollute an area, because plants have their own growing cycle. And they've got plenty of terrain to work on: 1,155 Ha (2,850 Acres).

[Source: AgroinformaciĆ³n]

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