EBI Personnel Directory Campos-Velasquez, Edhilvia

Feedstock Development

Edhilvia Campos-Velasquez

camposve@illinois.edu

 

 

Project(s)

Potential Ecological Impacts of Agricultural Intensification: Invasiveness of Miscanthus Species

Representatives from the bioenergy industry have indicated a desire to improve future varieties of Miscanthus spp. to maximize production area and yield while minimizing the risk of escape into natural areas. While the Illinois clone of M. x giganteus is sterile and may be limited in the geographical range available for production, many varieties of the more cold- and drought tolerant M. sinensis have the potential for escape through fertile pollen and seeds. In tthis project, relevant solutions will be developed for an industry wishing to intensify production while minimizing invasion risk and regulatory burden. It is important for producers to know the conditions under which Miscanthus spp. can and cannot establish and grow successfully, not only for maximizing potential yields, but also for minimizing potential escape.