With the government’s ambition of increasing the production and use of sustainable energy and with countries faced with having to find alternative energy sources to nuclear power, willow can become an important crop in the future.
Willow provides some advantages over the growing of traditional crops. In fact, the plant is interesting because it helps to solve several problems. First of all, it can be used as biomass for a sustainable energy production. Secondly, it can significantly reduce nitrate leaching. Thirdly, willow production will store carbon in the agricultural soils. And finally, it has the potential to produce a larger dry matter fraction than most traditional crops on moist soils.