About this Research Topic
In this Research Topic we will compile a set of 20-25 manuscripts that report advances in fundamental and applied aspects of the C4 bioenergy crop Miscanthus and its role in mitigating climate change as part of the bioeconomy. Miscanthus is a perennial grass ideally suited to sustainable biomass production over a wide geographic area including Europe and North America as well as Asia where it is native. Miscanthus offers a unique perspective within plant science: the challenge is to design and implement a novel crop domestication and simultaneously develop sustainable value chains to displace fossil fuels and contribute to climate change mitigation. This special issue will provide a comprehensive state of the art analysis spanning the entire crop development and value chains, including a focus on core Miscanthus genotypes and experiments which provide a unique overview. Sections will include: plant physiology and genetics of different Miscanthus species to inform crop breeding; elucidation of key abiotic stress mechanisms to overcome environmental limitations to perennial biomass production; genotype x environment modelling; composition of Miscanthus biomass as it relates to diverse end-uses; agronomy and economic modelling; life-cycle analysis for different production chains including biofuels, heat and power, biomaterials and biochemicals. Contributions have been offered from the leading Miscanthus researchers from different parts of the world.
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