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Miscanthus for Contaminated
and Marginal Lands PLUS

MISCOMAR+ will extend the evidence-base for Miscanthus as a leading perennial bioenergy crop for Marginal, Contaminated, and industrially damaged Land (MaCL) using interdisciplinary academic and industrial expertise, with novel Miscanthus hybrids bred for climate change resilience.

To monitor long term yield persistence, biomass quality and impacts on soil health indicators.

To develop

and optimize


sustainable, economic and environmental-friendly valorization options for biomass from MaCL.

Project Goals

MISCOMAR+ will extend the evidence-base for Miscanthus as a leading perennial bioenergy crop for Marginal, Contaminated, and industrially damaged Land (MaCL) using interdisciplinary academic and industrial expertise, with novel Miscanthus hybrids bred for climate change resilience

Project Objectives

The challenge-led MISCOMAR+ will extend the evidence-base for Miscanthus as a leading perennial bioenergy crop for Marginal, Contaminated and industrially damaged Lands (MaCL) using interdisciplinary academic and industrial expertise with novel Miscanthus hybrids bred for climate change resilience.

Results

MISCOMAR+ will build knowledge of Miscanthus optimization on MaCL and on its subsequent conversion options. The practical results will help commercial partners expand their business opportunities moving from TRL 3-4 to TRL 5-8.

PROJECT NEWS

An international scientific journal, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, has published an paper about the MISCOMAR project study reviews current best practices and suitable land areas for miscanthus cultivation.

Terravesta is on a mission to manage the world’s natural resources responsibly, helping to replace the dependence on fossil fuels with a sustainable plant – based alternative Miscanthus.

PROJECT WORK PACKAGES

Project co-ordination and management. Leader: Aberystwyth University. The overall objective of WP1 is to coordinate appropriate

Developing establishment agronomy to decrease risks at planting on marginal land: increase plug plant resilience by hardening treatments and precise application of soil amendments.

Monitoring long term (years 4-7) yield persistence, biomass quality and impacts on soil on existing MISCOMAR trials on marginal lands in Poland, Germany, United Kingdom

Miscanthus value chains: Impacts of soil on biomass quality and utilization in circular economy

Environmental LCA and socio-economic impacts

Specific expected results are:

Improved establishment methods for increased resilience under climate change and challenging soil conditions

Identification and demonstration of economic utilization options for miscanthus biomass from MaCL

Identification of environmental sustainability indicators under long-term miscanthus cultivation

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The project is implemented under the FACCE SURPLUS ERA-NET Cofund and received funding from NCBIR (Poland), BMBF (Germany) and DEFRA (UK).

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