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Bioresour Technol. 2010 Nov;101(21):8179-84. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.06.039. Epub 2010 Jul 3.

Biochemical methane potential of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.): Influence of growth stage and storage practice.

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  • 1School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom.

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  • Bioresour Technol. 2011 Jan;102(2):2140.


The effect of growth stage at harvest and of storage practice on the biochemical methane potential (BMP) of winter wheat was investigated using batch-fed stirred mesophilic digesters. The wheat used was a single variety sown at the same time (autumn) and harvested at 3 different stages in its growth: medium milk (A), soft dough (B) and Caryopsis (C). Wheats (A and B) were ensiled whilst the later harvested material (C) with a higher dry matter content was treated by the alkalage process. The BMP values expressed on the basis of volatile solids (VS) were 0.360 + or - 0.030, 0.346 + or - 0.006 and 0.311 + or - 0.016l CH(4) g(-1) VS(added) for A, B and C, respectively. A simple first order kinetic model gave only a poor fit to the experimental data but a close match was obtained using a modified first order pseudo-parallel model which explains the methane production curve on the basis of differences in biodegradability of the plant material.

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