Argentina’s Semiarid Lands Aptitude to Cultivate Non-Traditional Species for Biodiesel Production pp. 123-150
Authors: (Silvia Liliana Falasca, Ana Ulberich, CONICET, Climate and Water Institute, INTA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and others)
Abstract: Expansion of non-traditional oilseed crops is expected to have great possibilities at worldwide level, while in other countries is already considerably increasing. These crops do not compete for lands with those destined to food production. It was necessary to identify the requirements, limits and bio-meteorological tolerance and conditions for each of species, taking into account the climatological characteristics of native areas and the regions of successful cultivation around the world. Afterwards, the resulting bio-climatological indicators had to be extrapolated to the Argentine lands. It was mandatory to consider growth aspects such as development and death chances by excess or deficiency. In parallel, an agro-climatological inventory was performed based on: information of available climatological statistics, agro-climatological derived values and estimated indexes. With all the information gathered, the data was evaluated. As from the available database, geographical limits were mapped for the different variables that define aptitude classes: optimal zone, suitable, marginal and non-suitable.
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