Its biofuel development efforts cover switchgrass, giant miscanthus
, poplar and other energy crops.
As well as providing fuel for biomass, it is believed that miscanthus
may help improve soils after extensive flooding.
Not only molinia and miscanthus
but deschampsia, panicum and pennisetum change colour, shifting to a softer palette but adding to the mix their fluffy seed heads.
They make great plant partners for bold foliage plants such as whiteflowered hostas, ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus
sinensis 'Silver Feather', or bergenias.
RESEARCHERS in Wales and the US have compiled the first full genetic map of miscanthus
, a crop commonly used for biomass.
However, studies and experience have shown that marginal land such as this can produce a good stand of Miscanthus
x giganteus (Miscanthus
), a towering ornamental grass that has been grown profitably in Europe for the past decade as a bio-energy crop (see sidebar).
In Brief: Researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois (U of I) have discovered widespread occurrence of plant-parasitic nematodes in the first reported nematode survey of Miscanthus
and switchgrass plants used for biofuels.
During their tour of the campus near Newport in Shropshire, the students saw Biomass Hall, where heat and power is generated from fuels including wood chips and miscanthus
Washington, May 20 (ANI): Miscanthus
x giganteus, a perennial grass, could effectively reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, while lowering atmospheric CO2, according to a new research.
Best of the Bunch Miscanthus
How did we miss out on these superb grasses for so many years?
Target crops include some highly productive annual and perennial and grass species such as sorghum, switchgrass and Miscanthus
Most need a well-drained soil, although miscanthus
and molinias cope well with heavier soils.