Effects of Temperature and Water Potential on the Emergence of Miscanthus and the Germination of Switchgrass

C. Demay, S. Cadoux, H. Boizard & C. Dürr
The stand establishment of miscanthus and switchgrass is not yet mastered. However, there are few references on the factors affecting this stage. Soil temperature and water potential have a major influence on the establishment of most crops, particularly on the physiological process leading to germination and seedling growth. A controlled experiment was carried out to quantify the effects of water potential and temperature on miscanthus emergence and switchgrass germination. The calculated base temperature was 8.4°C...