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Optimizing Miscanthus Biomass Production - OPTIMISC

Objective

Miscanthus is a C4 perennial rhizomatous grass that has become a leading candidate crop for production of lignocellulosic feedstocks due to its rapid biomass accumulation in temperate climates. There is currently a single commercial clone, M. x giganteus, which has a number of limitations. Research over the past 20 years has shown that a few key species and their interspecific hybrids have a high yield potential whilst requiring low inputs. The overall objective of this project is to optimize the miscanthus bioenergy and bioproduct chain by: trialling elite germplasm types over a range of sites across Europe, Ukraine and Russia; analysing the key traits that currently limit the potential of miscanthus; identifying high-value bioproducts; and modelling the combined results to provide recommendations to policy makers, growers and industry. The outcomes of the project will include screened germplasm and knowledge which will provide solutions to key existing bottlenecks. The specific topics tackled in the field and controlled environment trials are (1) dissection of the traits underpinning tolerance to the abiotic stresses drought, salinity, cold and freezing, (2) yield and quality in a wide range of environments, taking into consideration traits such as senescence, nutrient recycling and nutrient-use efficiency, (3) process-ability of biomass to convenient fuel formats and added-value products. Data gathered will be integrated through the development of modelling parameters needed to build up life-cycle analysis models and other decision support tools to identify optimum production scenarios in the EU, Ukraine and Russia. Recommendations will be provided to miscanthus developers on appropriate genotype selection, propagation and processing methods to maximize the environmental, economic and social benefits. The development of the full potential of miscanthus through OPTIMISC will contribute to Europe’s transition to a sustainable biobased economy.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 677 515
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Liebig (Prof.)

Participants (12)

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 374 803
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Iain Simon Donnison (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 357 750
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Erwin Jolink
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 266 237
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Beem
VLAAMSE GEWEST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 269 496
Address
Avenue Du Port 88
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristiaan Van Laecke (Dr.)
BLANKNEY ESTATES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 309 120
Address
Charles Street 159 Pannell House
LE1 1LD Leicester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graham Harding (Mr.)
SCHWARZ KAI-UWE WOLFGANG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 186 800
Address
Russeer Weg 179
24109 Kiel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kai-Uwe Schwarz (Dr.)
ANNA - AGENTUR FUR NACHHALTIGE NUTZUNG VON AGRARLANDSCHAFTEN, PARTNERSCHAFT MULLER-SAMANN & HOLSCHER INGENIEURE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 243 480
Address
Klarastrasse 94
79106 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl M. Müller-Sämann (Dr.)
DONGYING AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE
China
EU contribution
€ 79 380
Address
Jiaozhoulu 383
257091 Dongying
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Qingguo Xi (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF CUKUROVA

Participation ended

Turkey
EU contribution
€ 91 338,50
Address
.
01330 Adana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mensure Ozguven (Prof.)
FEDERAL STATE EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT OF HIGHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION RUSSIAN STATE AGRARIAN UNIVERSITY-MOSCOW TIMIRYAZEV AGRICULTURAL ACADEMY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 58 995
Address
Timiryazevskaya Ulitsa 49
127550 Moskva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nikolay Khokhlov (Prof.)
GERMAN AGRARIAN CENTRE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 58 800
Address
Ukrainska 9A
20109 Potash
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heinrich Schuele (Dr.)
KONYA GIDA VE TARIM UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 23 861,50
Address
Dede Korkut Mah Beysehir Cad 9 Meram
42080 Konya
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Menşure özgüven (Prof.)