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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Perennial Biomass Crops for a Resource Constrained World Programme, Proceedings of Biomass 2015, Stuttgart, Germany, 2015.