Influence of Crop Management on Switchgrass (Panicum Virgatum L.) and Miscanthus (Miscanthus X Giganteus Greef Et Deuter) Productivity as Energy Crops in a Mediterranean Environment

N. Nassi O Di Nasso, M.V. Lasorella, N. Roncucci, F. Taccini, C. Tozzini, G. Ragaglini & E. Bonari
Biomass has attracted attention as a promising mean to develop local, sustainable energy sources and other biobased products. Here we focus on switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus), two perennial rhizomatous grasses (PRGs). In order to favour the development of a sustainable biomass chain and to understand how biomass yield varies depending on crop management, two experiments were established in 2010, in Central Italy: (i) Experiment 1 compared miscanthus and switchgrass in two...