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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 7 Sustainability - environmental and socio-economic performance

Lead-managed by University of Hohenheim, Germany


The overall objective of WP7 is to pool the information of all work packages for a sustainability and cost analysis, for the identification of optimal miscanthus value chains and for the translation of the results into recommendations for stakeholders, including policy makers, breeders, farmers, companies and users of miscanthus biomass.
Data gathered and results generated in work packages 3-6 will be integrated in the development of modelling parameters needed to build up life-cycle analysis models and other decision support tools to identify optimum miscanthus production scenarios and value chains in and outside Europe.
Work was begun to develop a harvesting model for optimization of biomass quality. The biomass from an already established miscanthus trial in Germany is sampled regularly. The samples are analysed to collect the baseline data for the harvesting model, which later will be fed with OPTIMISC data.
The main final result of WP7 will be the development of a harvesting model to optimize biomass quality and dry matter yield and to define the best harvesting time for each genotype to achieve optimal biomass quality for specific end uses. Based on life-cycle analysis (LCA) and cost assessment, the best performing miscanthus-based value chains will be identified for all tested locations.



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