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The activities leading to these results have received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nr.  289159.












Kai-Uwe Schwarz,



Aims and objectives



The goal of this project is to optimize production of bioenergy and bioproducts from miscanthus by tackling specific bottlenecks currently hindering the uptake of miscanthus and generating the knowledge needed to implement large-scale, sustainable biomass production.



Evaluation and screening of novel germplasm

The main objective of OPTIMISC is to optimize miscanthus bioenergy and bioproduct chains by trialling elite germplasm types over a range of sites across Europe, Ukraine, Russia and China. Promising germplasm from M. sacchariflorus, M. sinensis and M. x giganteus and cross-breeds have been selected and are be tested for their tolerance and suitability to adverse soil and climatic conditions. Analysing the key traits that currently limit the potential of miscanthus, identifying high-value bioproducts and modelling the combined results is undertaken to provide recommendations to policy makers, growers and industry. The expected outcomes of the project include screened germplasm and knowledge which will provide solutions to key bottlenecks in miscanthus cultivation and processing.

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