Long-term Assessment of Miscanthus Productivity and Sustainability (LAMPS)
Cropping systems that are profitable for farmers and balance societal needs for food, feed, fuel, energy, clean air and water are the focus of Iowa State University’s Long-term Assessment of Miscanthus Productivity and Sustainability project (LAMPS). Miscanthus has received widespread attention as a biomass crop in Europe where it is used primarily for combustion in power plants. It is desirable for this use because of its low water and ash contents and high-energy output to input ratio. The plant also uses nitrogen efficiently and is a perennial crop. Miscanthus is being investigated as a biomass crop for bioenergy and biofuels.
- Emily Heaton, Associate Professor of Agronomy