Changes in composition, cellulose degradability and biochemical methane potential of Miscanthus species during the growing season

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The composition, cellulose degradability and biochemical methane potential (BMP) of M. sinensis, M. floridulus, Miscanthus × giganteus and M. lutarioriparius were investigated concomitantly at different growth/harvest times during their growing season. For all the four species, there was only a slight change in the compositional content. Meanwhile there was a huge change in the BMP values. At the growth time of 60 days the BMPs ranged from 247.1 to 266.5 ml g−1 VS. As growth time was prolonged, the BMPs decreased by 11–35%. For each species, the BMP was positively correlated to the cellulose degradability with the correlation coefficients (R2) ranging from 0.8055 to 0.9925. This suggests that besides the biomass yield, it is justifiable to consider cellulose degradability when selecting the suitable harvest time for biofuels production from Miscanthus, especially in tropical and subtropical regions where Miscanthus can be harvested twice or more within a year.


  • Chao LI
  • Jing Liu
  • Xiaowei Peng
  • Zili Yi
  • Yejun Han
External organisations
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Hunan Agricultural University
Research areas and keywords

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  • Engineering and Technology


  • Miscanthus, Methane potential, Growing season, Cellulose, Biofuels
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-395
Number of pages7
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 3
Publication categoryResearch