As well as providing fuel for biomass, it is believed that miscanthus
may help improve soils after extensive flooding.
Using a simulation tool that models the future global climate, researchers predict that the carbon that is released into the atmosphere from the loss of natural vegetation will be paid back by Miscanthus
x giganteus within 30 years.
s senior bioenergy consultant, said, "Bioenergy feedstock processors require security for supply and unless we dealt with regeneration and planting issues for Miscanthus
, we simply couldn't make progress.
The king of grasses, however, is miscanthus
, which can grow to over 4m (13ft) high depending on the variety.
Don't expect your Miscanthus
car to look like a thatched hut, though.
The range of beautiful Miscanthus
is very large and they would look good long after the wild flowers have died away.
In contrast biogas from waste sources, and heating pellets produced from Miscanthus
, are 10 times more effective, said the Bangor University scientists.
sinensis 'Gold Bar' is a compact, clump-forming grass with attractive variegated foliage, the green blades shooting upright and striped with gold.
are sent by Quinns in pellet, chip and bale form for testing in Britain in the hope that the new plant will incorporate the crop into its briquettes.
Scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), a world-class research centre at Aberystwyth University, developed the first high density genetic map of the energy crop Miscanthus
All of this underscores that there will probably be a number of different sources for biomass fuel--including dedicated energy crops (such as Miscanthus
and switchgrass), crop wastes and waste woods.
Best of the Bunch Miscanthus
How did we miss out on these superb grasses for so many years?