Topical report on sources and systems for aquatic plant biomass as an energy resource [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Department of Energy. Office of Management, 1977.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- United States. Department of Energy. Office of Management and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- Background information is documented on the mass cultivation of aquatic plants and systems design that is available from the literature and through consultation with active research scientists and engineers. The biology of microalgae, macroalgae, and aquatic angiosperms is discussed in terms of morphology, life history, mode of existence, and ecological significance, as they relate to cultivation. The requirements for growth of these plants, which are outlined in the test, suggest that productivity rates are dependent primarily on the availability of light and nutrients. It is concluded that the systems should be run with an excess of nutrients and with light as the limiting factor. A historical review of the mass cultivation of aquatic plants describes the techniques used in commercial large-scale operations throughout the world and recent small-scale research efforts. This review presents information on the biomass yields that have been attained to date in various geographical locations with different plant species and culture conditions, emphasizing the contrast between high yields in small-scale operations and lower yields in large-scale operations.
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- E 1.99:dst-4000-77/1
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Goldman, J.C.; Ryther, J.H.; Waaland, R.; Wilson, E.H.
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