scotch broom

Asked April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

can scotch broom be used as a biofuel?

Columbia County Oregon

1 Response

I haven't heard of Scotch broom as a biofuel. Anything can be burned to produce energy, but I don't think that is what you meant. Cellulosic fermentation is complex and lots of research is needed for each potential plant that is considered for a biofuel. I will look into any research that has been done but I have never seen anything. Gorse, which looks a bit like Scotch broom but has wicked thorns, isn't found much in Columbia county and would be eradicated quickly by the State to prevent its spread. It is a highly resinous plant that fueled the Bandon fire in the 1930s and would add a lot of risk to our rural areas in Columbia County were it to become established. But it might be a better biofuel candidate (but perish that thought!). Hope this helps. Chip Bubl OSU Extension/Columbia County 503 397-3462