AgroCop:    Combining Agroforestry and Short Rotation Coppice
 

The WoodWisdom-Net project AgroCop aims to research how the production of high quality timber and feedstock
wood for energy use can be increased in Europe.

Both products will play an important role in the European bio-based economy of the future, but currently, the availability
of these resources is declining.

AgroCop utilises two innovative strategies for wood production on agricultural land.  Both have generated increasing interest as potential solutions for timber and feedstock production in Europe.  These are:

       1) Agroforestry Systems (AFS), and
       2) Short Rotation Coppice (SRC). 

The AgroCop project will examine how these two systems can be combined, by researching the use of SRC as an intercrop between rows of high value timber trees. We will assess the potential of such Agroforestry-SRC (AF-SRC) systems in two ways:

       a) by establishing and monitoring experimental AF-SRC plots across a gradient of environmental conditions throughout Europe,
       b) by modelling the biophysical and economic behaviour / characteristics / features of such systems.

By identifying relevant key parameters, we will provide practical knowledge that will help to optimise the production of high quality timber and feedstock wood for energy use in AF-SRC systems, for a variety of different environmental conditions in Europe.

Our research team consists of partners in five European countries.

 
Above: Scheme of a combined Agroforestry-Short-Rotation-Coppice system as investigated in AgroCop.
To the right: Model plantation with 17-year-old wild cherry trees and poplars as intercrop; Institute for Forest Growth (IWW), University of Freiburg.