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Monday, April 30, 2012

New Zealand undertakes miscanthus trial

Biofuels Digest
Meghan Sapp
April 25, 2012

In New Zealand, researchers at Otango University are exploring the use of miscanthus as a possible biofuel feedstock locally where 7,000 plants will be sited to test frost resistance and growth patterns.

As the plant doesn’t seed, it shouldn’t pose the threat of becoming a pest, which could open up opportunities to use miscanthus to replace wood or coal in boilers, especially at the university as a way to reduce energy costs. So far, about 15 hectares have been grown around the country.

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