Canopy Cover and Solar Radiation Conversion Efficiency of the Herbaceous Perennial Giant Reed (Arundo Donax L.)

E. Ceotto, M. Di Candilo & V. Marletto
Although giant reed is one of the most productive biomass crop, little is known about its utilization of solar radiation throughout the growing season. The objectives of this study were: i) to evaluate the ability of giant reed in capturing solar energy and converting it into aboveground biomass; ii) to estimate the radiation use efficiency (RUE) of giant reed; iii) to assess whether the prolonged canopy cover of giant reed is associated with high growth...