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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Drought tolerance analysis in grasses

In order to identify crops that have potential use for a high and stable biomass production on marginal land and under diverse abiotic stress conditions, different C3 grasses and C4 miscanthus will be analysed for drought tolerance on two different soil types at Aarhus University, Denmark (Figure 1...

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Manfred Klaas1, Niina Haiminen2, Filippo Utro2, Tia Vellani1, Cora Muennich3, Thomas Didion4, Christian Sig Jensen4, Laxmi Parida2, Susanne Barth1 (2014) Exploring differentially expressed genes and pathways under drought, flooding and salinity conditions in reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), an autopolyploid C3 forage and bioenergy grass species