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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.

WP 6 Miscanthus biomass for added value uses and novel bioproducts

Lead-managed by Wageningen Univerity, Netherlands


The main goal of this work package is to identify high-yielding miscanthus genotypes giving rise to biomass of excellent quality for added value products and for the assembly of multiple plant-derived bioproducts, such as bioethanol, biogas, heat and power, fibre boards, fiber reinforced plastic compounds and building materials.
Biomass from a large fraction of OPTIMISC´s germplasm pool, from  multi location field trials and from quality field trials established Miscanthus sinensis genotypes with highly contrasting cell wall profiles is characterised, regarding the appropriateness for added value applications.
The protocols and equipment were set up for the laboratory analysis of biomass quality parameters such as cell wall components, biogas production and saccharification yield. Furthermore, the cell wall composition of a large fraction of the project’s germplasm has been characterized. Three new field trials were established to study interplays between cell wall composition, quality traits, biogas yield and cutting tolerance of the different miscanthus genotypes.
Important outcomes of WP6 will include identification of genotypes with superior performance for different aspects of biomass quality, ranging from biogas or bioethanol production to novel bioproducts. Scientific outcomes are insights into the extent of exploitable variation in miscanthus in cell wall composition and biomass quality parameters and how these traits are influenced by genotype, environment, harvest date and harvest regime (multiple cuttings).



Quality field trial established in June 2013 in Wageningen (NL) with eight Miscanthus sinensis genotypes with highly contrasting cell wall profiles: (a) the in vitro propagated plants ready for planting; (b) the eight genotypes in detail, one month after planting; (c) overview of the trial, two months after planting.

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