Reduction of Biomass Losses in Mechanized Harvest of Perennial Grasses: A Shortcut to Increase the Competitiveness of Energy Crops

A. Zatta, G. Pritoni, A. Vecchi, S. Vecchi & A. Monti
Experimental trials across Europe have confirmed the high yield potential of perennial lignocellulosic crops like miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and giant reed (Arundo donax), and therefore their great potential as bioenergy feedstock. However, the vast majority of information on productivity of these crops derives from plot experiments, while very little is know on the actual yields and biomass losses in a mechanized harvesting system. In the present article we reviewed some field­scale...