Setting up of Panicum Virgatum L. in the Mediterranean Environment

M. Scarcella, A. Navarro, P. Campi, A.D. Palumbo & M. Mastrorilli
The main goal of this work has been to compare two techniques for establishing switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) under the Mediterranean climate: direct sowing vs transplanting. Two ecotypes have been tested at two sites of southern Europe (Apulia region, Italy): a wild ecotype (‘Upland type’) and the ‘Alamo’ cultivar (‘Lowland type’). Since soil water availability is crucial during the stages of germination and plant emergence, preliminary tests have compared four sowing times (from March to...