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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.
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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)

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ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 374 803

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 357 750

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 266 237

VLAAMSE GEWEST

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 269 496

BLANKNEY ESTATES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 309 120

SCHWARZ KAI-UWE WOLFGANG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 186 800

ANNA - AGENTUR FUR NACHHALTIGE NUTZUNG VON AGRARLANDSCHAFTEN, PARTNERSCHAFT MULLER-SAMANN & HOLSCHER INGENIEURE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 243 480

DONGYING AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE

China

EU Contribution

€ 79 380

UNIVERSITY OF CUKUROVA

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 91 338,50

FEDERAL STATE EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT OF HIGHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION RUSSIAN STATE AGRARIAN UNIVERSITY-MOSCOW TIMIRYAZEV AGRICULTURAL ACADEMY

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 58 995

GERMAN AGRARIAN CENTRE

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 58 800

KONYA GIDA VE TARIM UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 23 861,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 289159

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 003 551,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 576

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany

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