Original paper

The Database of Potential Paludiculture Plants (DPPP) and results for Western Pomerania

Abel, Susanne; Couwenberg, John; Dahms, Tobias; Joosten, Hans


Paludiculture, the cultivation of biomass on wet peatlands, conserves the peat soil and minimizes drainage associated negative impacts on the environment. It particularly reduces greenhouse gas emissions from drained peat soils and may contribute to the conservation of rare species and habitats. The use of Phragmites australis for bioenergy or as a building material illustrates the technical and economic feasibility of paludiculture. Next to such already established paludiculture crops, a wealth of potential crops exists that offer a plethora of exploitation options.

This review introduces the 'Database of Potential Paludiculture Plants' (DPPP) and illustrates the diversity of useful wetland plants in Western Pomerania. In total we identified 184 useful wetland plant species native to Western Pomerania. The utilisation options of these potential crops vary from medicine, fuel to food and feed for humans and animals.


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