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Miscanthus May Be the Key to Securing Renewable Energy

8. June 2012

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Miscanthus together with willow and poplar can be the key to solving one of the future’s largest challenges of securing sufficient renewable energy that is sustainable in relation to the environment, the climate and the food supply.

Scientists at Aarhus University believe that they will be able to double the amount of bioenergy produced from the biomass production areas by including more C4- plants such as miscanthus. The group of plants with C4-photosynthesis is 30 percent more efficient in converting solar energy to production than agricultural crops with C3-photosynthesis. This, and the long growing season of miscanthus are the features that can double total productivity.