4. Miscanthus Genetics and Agronomy for Bioenergy Feedstock

  1. Douglas L. Karlen
  1. Maryse Brancourt-Hulmel1,2,
  2. Charlotte Demay2,
  3. Emeline Rosiau1,
  4. Fabien Ferchaud2,
  5. Linda Bethencourt1,
  6. Stéphanie Arnoult1,3,
  7. Camille Dauchy1,
  8. Nicolas Beaudoin2 and
  9. Hubert Boizard2

Published Online: 1 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676332.ch4

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

How to Cite

Brancourt-Hulmel, M., Demay, C., Rosiau, E., Ferchaud, F., Bethencourt, L., Arnoult, S., Dauchy, C., Beaudoin, N. and Boizard, H. (2014) Miscanthus Genetics and Agronomy for Bioenergy Feedstock, in Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems (ed D. L. Karlen), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118676332.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    Joint Research Unit INRA/USTL Abiotic Stress and Differentiation of Cultivated Plants (UMR SADV), INRA (l'Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), France

  2. 2

    Research Unit Agro resources and environmental impacts (INRA UR AgroImpact), INRA (l'Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), France

  3. 3

    Experimental Unit Crops Innovation Environment – Picardy (INRA EU GCIE Picardy), INRA (l'Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 13 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119991946

Online ISBN: 9781118676332



  • bioenergy feedstock;
  • cellulosic energy crop;
  • Miscanthus


The development of renewable energy sources is being investigated across the world and there is a growing demand for bioenergy feedstock that does not compete with food production and which has a low environmental impact. Miscanthus is developing as a serious player in the renewable energy sector. This chapter provides details about Miscanthus as a cellulosic energy crop. In particular, it discusses phylogeny, growth, yield and chemical composition of the crop and establishment, fertilizer requirements, disease and pest control, invasive risks, harvest management of the energy crop. In contrast to the genetic tools, where intensive research has been conducted during the last decade, the phenotypic evaluation represents a bottleneck for Miscanthus, since high throughput tools are still required today.