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Title: Carbohydrate biofuels III: Consumptive-use and root yield of buffalo gourd

Biofuel provided by the dried roots of the wild buffalo gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima, represents a potential, cleaner-burning alternative to other biofuels (i.e. wood and coal) currently used for cooking and heating on the Navajo Indian Reservation. However, no information is available regarding the plant`s water requirements for growth and viable root production on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern New Mexico where the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project is located. The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between buffalo gourd root production and evapotranspiration under variable irrigation as provided by a line-source design. Total dry root yields ranged from 1.6 Mg ha{sup -1} (5.1 tons/acre), and increased linearly within an irrigation treatment range of 371 to 927 nm (14.6 to 36.5 in.), respectively. Peak average daily water-use of buffalo gourd providing maximum root yield was 8.6 mm (0.34 in.) and occurred in late July to early August. Results of this study indicate that buffalo gourd can be successfully grown in northwestern New Mexico when irrigated. Other observations during this study suggest that planting rates for optimum root production need to be established.
Authors:
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  1. New Mexico State Univ., Farmington, NM (United States) [and others
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
115254
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP--200-8098; CONF-9508104--
ON: DE95009230; TRN: 95:006736-0035
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2. meeting on biomass of the Americas, Portland, OR (United States), 21-24 Aug 1995; Other Information: PBD: [1995]; Related Information: Is Part Of Second biomass conference of the Americas: Energy, environment, agriculture, and industry. Proceedings; PB: 1741 p.
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; BUFFALO GOURD; IRRIGATION; WATER REQUIREMENTS; ROOTS; YIELDS; BIOMASS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; COLORADO PLATEAU; WOOD FUELS