Study: Growing miscanthus for fuel is more water-intensive than corn

09/9/2010 |

Researchers at the University of Illinois found that growing miscanthus for biofuel production consumes more water but leaches less nitrogen compared with corn, soybeans and switchgrass, according to a report in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Miscanthus' tendency to soak up water in the latter stages of growth means it is likely to "reduce runoff, stream flow and surface-water supplies later in the summer and in early fall, when streams are typically at their lowest," said Greg McIsaac, one of the researchers.

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