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Supergrass: harvesting the energy potential of riverbank plants - Futuris

Author: Euronews Knowledge

Main category: Natural Sciences (Biology)

The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but to scientists involved in a "European research project": the land and its vegetation may hold the key to an energy revolution.

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The plant giving rise to such optimism is called myscanthus, a non-native species.

John Finnan, a crop researcher at Teagasc Oak Park explained why it is a good candidate a an energy crop: “Not only does it produce high biomass yields but it has mechanisms which mean that it is quite thrifty in the way it uses both nutrients and water. So it produces a high yield of biomass or energy from a low input from energy. "

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