Giant Miscanthus Establishment

Market demand for Miscanthus Giganteus (MG) is high and rapidly increasing further. However, Miscanthus Giganteus is sterile hybrid and propagates only vegetatively. Currently, there is the large gap between the demand for and supply of MG planting material for large scale plantations.

There are two methods of miscanthus propagation i.e. rhizome division and micropropagation. To produce new planting material, two or three-year old rhizomes in the ground are split whilst dormant, using a rotary cultivator, and the rhizome pieces collected for re-planting. The direct rhizome planting which is relatively mature, easily realized and inexpensive (1900–3300 € ha−1); therefore it is the method mostly preferred by farmers. However, in the long term, its low dividing efficiency (1:10) and long time of establishment (3 years) will cause a conflict between the demand for and supply of rhizomes for large-scale plantations. Compared to the direct rhizome planting, an increased multiplication ratio (1:20) and shorter period of propagation (2 years) has been realized using elite F1 (first generation) rhizomes obtained from in-vitro seedlings class M0.

The lack of inexpensive and effective propagation and establishment techniques is currently limiting the potential of miscanthus as a commercial bioenergy crop. We do our best to meet these challenges. We develop and bring the most promising new energy crop growers and producers to market scale by providing high-quality planting materials at reasonable cost and scalable crop establishment services.

We provide efficient combinied MG on farm “mother crop” propagation system reduces the cost of commercial MG energy farming set up to 1600 € ha−1 .

Also, we provide our key clients pre-establishment land consultancy for propagation / MG establishment and preparation of a logistics schedule for the project. Training of the customer’s staff on crop establishment and machinery use as far as pre-establishment soil tests and analysis are at customer account.

It takes time to learn how to propagate and grow MG, and there are things about the crop that are different from traditional crops. Our superior quality “in vitro” seedlings and first generation rhizomes enable and secure the bulk-up Miscanthus Giganteus plants propagation for successful, uniform and fast establishment of energy farming and biomass commercial production at least cost.