Report: Miscanthus requires less acreage for ethanol

By | September 08, 2008
University of Illinois researchers reported in the journal Global Change Biology that using miscanthus to produce ethanol requires less than half the acreage of corn or switchgrass. To offset 20 percent of the nation's consumption of gasoline, only 9.3 percent of current agricultural acreage would be required to grow miscanthus versus 25 percent for corn or switchgrass, the report said. Researchers found that miscanthus yields more biomass than corn, produces green leaves earlier and stays green longer.