Blog & News


August 2020

New and expanded uses for Miscanthus are appearing, and new sites are being planted.

Miscanthus for Bioenergy – Europe & USA

The need for a rapid reduction in greenhouse gases is well known, and bioenergy is one of the possible solutions. The new perennial grass crop Miscanthus is particularly promising for bioenergy, as it is hardy, fast growing and efficient in its use of water. Miscanthus is the name of a group of perennial grasses native

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Grass Used as Fuel Source

Transcript: Robyn Williams on The Science Show ABC (Australia) – Broadcast: Sat 24 Sep 2005, 12:00am Note: This is an old interview, but an interesting one nonetheless. Robyn and Dr Stephen Long (Department of Plant Biology & Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) discuss the use of Miscanthus as a fuel source when the

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Miscanthus Bedding for Sheep, Goats, Horses and Cows

Miscanthus bedding is the modern alternative to straw and wood shavings, proving more absorbent than straw and shavings. It can be used the same way as any other bedding either deep litter or a shallow covering on rubber mats. As soon as the droppings and wet patches are removed from the stable or animal pens

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Miscanthus x giganteus (MxG) Research

Following the oil crisis of the 1970s, a search for ideal bioenergy crops began. This included research into the biomass yield potential of giant miscanthus. Miscanthus x giganteus is now used commercially in Europe for bedding, heat, and electricity generation. Most production currently occurs in England but also in Spain, Italy, Hungary, France, and Germany.

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Miscanthus as a Biofuel in the US

In the United States, research began at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. Miscanthus Giganteus has been proposed for use in the United States in combined heat and power generation, as a supplement or on its own. It is also a leading candidate feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. Miscanthus Giganteus could meet biofuel goals

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The Origins of Giant Miscanthus

The genus Miscanthus includes approximately 20 species. The name comes from the Greek mischos meaning “stalk” and anthos, “flowers.” Grasses in this genus are called Maiden Grass, Chinese Silver Grass, Japanese Silver Grass, Susuki Grass, or Eulalia Grass. Miscanthus is native to Asia. It is found in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea in meadows, marshes, hillsides, and abandoned areas, near active

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Miscanthus – carbon negative and regionally beneficial

One of the many positives of Miscanthus is its ability to be used to make Renewable Diesel Fuel (RDF), a direct and complete substitute for fossil fuel diesel. With the RDF production process being significantly carbon negative – because about 15% of the dry matter that goes in, ends up as permanently sequestered carbon. RDF

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Multipurpose plant has big future in Germany

Researchers in Germany are looking at ways beyond meat, grain or dairying for farmers to grow and profit from in future. On a 200-hectare farm at Meckenheim, 15km south west of Bonn, scientists are investigating how plants can be used for everything from biofuel, to building materials, paper and medicine. The University of Bonn’s ​Dr

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Miscanthus poised to take off in New Zealand

Peter Brown  of Miscanthus New Zealand Ltd (MNZ) says Lincoln University, Fonterra and local government are taking a close look at the plant’s potential. MNZ has stands of Miscanthus growing in Huntly, Helensville, Nelson, Darfield, and Taupo. “I believe it’s poised to suddenly take off. I think the potential is absolutely enormous. My vision for

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The Miscanthus Project – November 2012 to April 2014

November 2012 Research proposal approved – decided initially to concentrate on the eco-system service benefits generated from creating Miscanthus shelterbelts. Ground preparation started on Aylesbury Road farm and Karetu farm. 48 bumble bee motels placed. December 2012 Planting of Miscanthus in the first four paddocks took place. January 2013 Three dairy farms planted with Miscanthus

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