Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergy

John Cedric Clifton-Brown, Paul Russell Robson, Christopher Lyndon Davey, Kerrie Farrar, Charlotte Mary Hayes, Lin Shiow-Fen Huang, Elaine Fiona Jensen, Laurence Edmund Jones, Maurice Edward Hinton Jones, Anne Louise Maddison, Heike Meyer, John Anthony Norris, Sarah Jane Purdy, Charlie Rodgers, Kai-Uwe Schwarz, Cosentino Salvatore, Gancho Trifonu Slavov, John Valentine, Richard John Webster, Susan Jean YouellIain Simon Donnison

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Highly adapted Miscanthus hybrids can make a significant global contribution to the mitigation of anthropogenic climate change via sustainable substitution of fossil fuels within the next decade. In this chapter we review the biological potential of Miscanthus resulting from a plethora of naturally occurring variations in traits relevant to yield and we outline traditional breeding approaches currently being applied to Miscanthus. The chapter concludes with a perspective on the socio-economic value of bioenergy from Miscanthus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics
EditorsMalay C. Saha, Hem S. Bhandari, Joseph H. Bouton
ISBN (Electronic)978-0470960332
ISBN (Print)0470960337
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2013


  • breeding miscanthus
  • biomass crop
  • breeding strategy
  • genetic diversity
  • biomass yield


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