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New Miscanthus hybrid discovery in Japan could extend its use in cellulosic ethanol production [Registered]

Miscanthus x giganteus is widely trailed as one of the feedstocks for the production of cellulosic ethanol production because of its high field productivity. But the researcher Ryan Stewart, assistant professor of horticulture in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois points out that “M. x giganteus is the only variety available, there are certainly risks involved such as diseases or pests causing widespread establishment problems or yield losses”. It is therefore imperative to find new Miscanthus hybrids to premept the said problems arising in future. M. x giganteus is a sterile triploid (three sets of chromosomes)…

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