A Comparative Analysis of Biomass Production from Seven Energy Crop Species Grown in a Mediterranean Environment

S.V. Archontoulis, P.C. Struik, X. Yin & N.G. Danalatos
We re­analyzed 34 experiments (112 sets of biomass and leaf area index, LAI, curves) following a common protocol for seven energy crop species (sunflower, kenaf, cynara, rapeseed, miscanthus, sorghum and maize). These experiments were all carried out at 39°N latitude providing, therefore, an appropriate basis for a comparative analysis across the seven species. We calculated the following traits per data set: maximum total dry biomass, maximum crop growth rate, days required to reach maximum yield,...