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    Gas exchange measurements on Miscanthus leaves

    Miscanthus has a high yield potential, but even though it is less cold sensitive than other C4 species, it emerges later in spring than C3 species. Xiurong et al. identified one Miscanthus sacchariflorus with a level of cold tolerance similar to Miscanthus × giganteus. They also found a positive linear correlation between net photosynthesis and […] More

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    Let’s plant elephant grass in France!

    Miscanthus (a closely related species to sugar cane) denotes a herbaceous genus of plants, originating from South Asia and present in Africa too. This genus belongs to the Poaceae family (or Grasses). It is a long-lasting plant, with rhizomes and a very effective C4 photosynthetic metabolism. This property endows it an important potential for production […] More

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    Bioenergy crops

    And more from the UK Plant Science Federation (UKPSF) conference (18th and 19th April, 2012, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK). Iain Donnison (Institute of Biological Environmental & Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University) regaled us with insights into the energy biomass potential of Miscanthus. OK, exploiting plants in this way is not a new idea, but what […] More