Beets are biennial plants grown for their fl eshy roots. There are diff erent types ofbeets, having specific uses:
- Sugar beets are grown for their high sugar content. Today they are mainlygrown to produce sugar for food consumption. However, sugar from sugarbeets can also be used in the bio-based industry and green chemistry, as itpossible to produce platform molecules from sugar beets which can be used toproduce bioplastics, ethanol (alcohol), bioethanol (biofuel) or biosolvent
- Fodder beets are used to feed animals
- Vegetable beets are used for human consumption.
Beets and/or their residues (tops, pulp, etc.) can be used in biomethanisation asthese materials have a good potential to produce biogas.