Tag: miscanthus

UK researchers find miscanthus can grow well on poorer farm land

UK researchers find miscanthus can grow well on poorer farm land

April 15, 2021 |

In the UK, new study shows miscanthus can be grown in lower agricultural grade conditions – such as marginal land – due to their remarkable resilience and photosynthetic capacity at low temperatures. With very little known about its productivity in flooded and moisture-saturated soil conditions, researchers at the Earlham Institute in Norwich wanted to understand […]

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‘Keep off the grass’: the biofuel that could help us achieve net zero

‘Keep off the grass’: the biofuel that could help us achieve net zero

April 4, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, the Miscanthus genus of grasses, commonly used to add movement and texture to gardens, could quickly become the first choice for biofuel production. A new study shows these grasses can be grown in lower agricultural grade conditions – such as marginal land – due to their remarkable resilience and photosynthetic capacity […]

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CABBI researchers find energy sorghum behaves like miscanthus

CABBI researchers find energy sorghum behaves like miscanthus

January 7, 2021 |

In Illinois, a study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) found that energy sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) behaves more like miscanthus in the way it efficiently captures light and uses water to produce abundant biomass. It has higher nitrogen emissions like maize, but researchers believe […]

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Miscanthus can contribute to UK net zero targets via bioenergy, biofuels

Miscanthus can contribute to UK net zero targets via bioenergy, biofuels

November 19, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Terravesta reports that Jonathan Scurlock, chief adviser, renewable energy and climate change for the National Farmers Union, believes Miscanthus can contribute significantly to UK net zero targets and be a feedstock supply for bioenergy, biobased materials, biofuels. “The NFU expects growth in land use for perennial energy crops like Miscanthus to […]

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Terravesta looking to help Scottish farmers switch to miscanthus

Terravesta looking to help Scottish farmers switch to miscanthus

November 9, 2020 |

In the UK, the Scottish Farmer reports Terravesta is working hard to convince local farmers to plant miscanthus in spring 2021, saying it offers a low risk and higher returns per hectare than other crops grown on poor quality land. The company works across the entire miscanthus supply chain from working with growers to securing […]

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Researchers sequence full genome of miscanthus

Researchers sequence full genome of miscanthus

October 29, 2020 |

In Illinois, an international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops. The genome project—led by scientists at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a Department of Energy (DOE) bioenergy research center—provides a road […]

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Terravesta launches new video touting miscanthus as biofuel feedstock

Terravesta launches new video touting miscanthus as biofuel feedstock

August 16, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Terravesta launched a new animation video to spread the word about building a bio-based future with Terravesta Performance Hybrids, and miscanthus grown from seed rather than the usual rhizomes, allowing it to be upscaled 200 times faster. Terravesta is reducing the world’s dependence on fossil derived fuels and products by utilizing […]

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University of Illinois researchers look to speed up Miscanthus’ breeding process

University of Illinois researchers look to speed up Miscanthus’ breeding process

July 29, 2020 |

In Illinois, in a new study, University of Illinois researchers mine the Miscanthus’ vast genomic potential in an effort to speed up the breeding process and maximize its most desirable traits. In conventional breeding, one typical approach is for researchers to grow individuals from a diverse set of populations and select those with the best […]

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Moldova to run 19 district heating systems with miscanthus-based biofuel

Moldova to run 19 district heating systems with miscanthus-based biofuel

July 26, 2020 |

In Moldova, the country will increase its energy security, employing British green technology with plans to upgrade 19 heat only boiler plants, which will run on home-grown Miscanthus biomass renewable fuel. The plants will generate 55000 MWh/year, providing thermal heat energy to 5500 flats, 110 houses, 40 businesses, 12 public kindergartens, 25 education facilities and […]

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Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

Researchers look at corn and miscanthus energy efficiency

June 30, 2020 |

In Illinois, in a recent study published in Frontiers in Plant Science, where researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Oxford worked with maize and the bioenergy crop Miscanthus to find that the decline in the efficiency of leaves at the bottom of the canopy was not due to their age but […]

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