EBI Personnel Directory Howlett, David

Feedstock Development

David Howlett

dhowlett@uiuc.edu

 

 

Project(s)

Germplasm Collection, Nutrient Cycling, Cold Hardiness, Photosynthetic Capacity, and Flowering Phenology of Miscanthus sacchariflorus, Miscanthus sinensis, and Their Natural Hybrids in Native Stands Ranging from Central to Northern Japan

Miscanthus x giganteus, a cross between M. sacchariflorus and M. sinensis, is the most promising biofuel cultivar put into production in the United States. However it has only been grown for the last 30 years in the U.S. and Europe. Miscanthus species are native throughout much of Japan and have been cultivated for several hundred years. Consequently, collecting data in Japan provides an opportunity to learn more about the long-term needs of Miscanthus and the impact of its production on carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and fertilizer requirements. The project identified cold-hardy strains of Miscanthus and collected germplasm of M. sacchariflorus, M. sinensis and their natural hybrids for a public germplasm collection at the EBI Energy Farm.