Enhancing biomass production from marginal lands with perennial grasses

Name of the coordinating person: Dr. Susanne Barth

For a list of Grass Margins participants: please see the partners page.


Perennial grasses, which once established can be harvested and re-grow annually for many decades, have a number of other beneficial characteristics which suit them as biomass crops. These include high resource use efficiency, high productivity, good environmental qualities and a wide range of end uses. Environmental benefits include high rates of soil carbon sequestration, enhanced biodiversity and soil stabilisation. Read more

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The project will study the potential for using different types of grass species under challenging climatic conditions (e.g. drought, salinity, flood and cold) to develop high yielding biofuel crops. The selection of material by partners in the project will focus on four taxa of perennial grasses. These have been selected as a result of a preliminary analysis and known characteristics of these groups (El Bassam, 2008).Learn more

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Biomass 2015 Conference

Perennial Biomass Crops for a Resource Constrained World The meeting place for Europe’s non-food biomass scientists in 2015 European biomass research is the focus of ‘Perennial Biomass Crops for a Resource Constrained World’ to be held on 7 – 10 September 2015 at the...

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Manfred Klaas, Niina Haiminen, Filippo Utro, Tia Vellani, Paul Cormican, Poul Erik Lærke, Uffe Jørgensen, Laxmi Parida, Susanne Barth, 2015 “Uncovering the water stress response of reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) from differential expression of the reference transcriptome” At the Plant and Animal Genome Conference Xiii 10.-14.1.2015 San Diego, California