Editorial: Optimizing Miscanthus for the Sustainable Bioeconomy: From Genes to Products

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2018-06-25
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Farrar, Kerrie
Trindade, Luisa
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Heaton, Emily
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Agronomy

The Department of Agronomy seeks to teach the study of the farm-field, its crops, and its science and management. It originally consisted of three sub-departments to do this: Soils, Farm-Crops, and Agricultural Engineering (which became its own department in 1907). Today, the department teaches crop sciences and breeding, soil sciences, meteorology, agroecology, and biotechnology.

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The Department of Agronomy was formed in 1902. From 1917 to 1935 it was known as the Department of Farm Crops and Soils.

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1902–present

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  • Department of Farm Crops and Soils (1917–1935)

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In this Research Topic we report advances in fundamental and applied aspects of the perennial C4 bioenergy crop miscanthus (Miscanthus spp.) and its role in mitigating climate change as part of the bioeconomy. Miscanthus is a high yielding C4 perennial grass with great potential for sustainable biomass production in temperate climates, including Europe and North America as well as its native Asia. With high resource use efficiency and good biomass quality, miscanthus is a well-suited feedstock for a plethora of applications including bioenergy, biofuels and biomaterials (van der Weijde et al.).

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This editorial is published as Farrar, Kerrie, Emily Anne Heaton, and Luisa M. Trindade. "Optimising miscanthus for the sustainable bioeconomy: from genes to products–editorial." Frontiers in Plant Science 9 (2018): 878. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00878.

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