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New Biosystems Engineering Study Findings Reported from University of Turin

May 28, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Investigators discuss new findings in Biosystems Engineering. According to news reporting from Turin, Italy, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "A web-based tool is presented for the estimation of biomass production and transportation costs with regard to input requirements, internal processes, and output."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Turin, "The tool relates to the production, harvest and out-of-field transport of biomass in multiple-crop production systems of bioenergy crops, including perennial biomass crops and short-rotation coppice, and focuses on details of the individual production units such as distance from associated facilities, soil conditions, machinery system, and labour types. By testing various alternatives, the tool can support decisions for biomass production systems on a strategic level (e.g., number and dimensioning of machines, machine capacity, crop selection, and labour requirements), tactical level (e.g., fertiliser/chemical application plans and labour budgets), and operational level (operation specifications)."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This work was part of the collaborative Intelligent Energy Europe Programme project, BioEnergy Farm and the web tool can be accessed on-line at or through"

For more information on this research see: A web-based tool for biomass production systems. Biosystems Engineering, 2014;120():102-116. Biosystems Engineering can be contacted at: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA. (Elsevier -; Biosystems Engineering -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P. Busato, University of Turin, Sch Agr, DISAFA, I-10095 Turin, Italy.

Keywords for this news article include: Turin, Italy, Europe, Biosystems Engineering

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