Research project

Technical and biotechnology innovations in perennial lignocellulosic crops for the production of bioenergy, green building and furniture panels (DBA.AD001.354)

Thematic area

Biology, agriculture and food sciences

Project area

Intensificazione sostenibile delle produzioni agroalimentari e forestali (DBA.AD001)

Structure responsible for the research project

Institute of BioEconomy (IBE)

Project manager

Phone number: 0957338395


the present proposal attempts to overcome specific bottlenecks related to the bioenergy chain involving lignocellulosic perennial grasses (Miscanthus spp. Arundo donax, Panicum virgatum,
Saccharum spontaneum spp. aegyptiacum, in this study), such as: innovative propagation methods - WP1 (Cavallaro et al., 2014; Scordia et al., 2015; Clifton-Brown et al., 2017), strategy based on
mutagenesis followed by clonal selection - WP2 (Valli et al., 2017), testing under abiotic stresses that characterize marginal lands in Mediterranean area (i.e., drought, salinity and contaminated stress
condition) - WP3, advanced biofuels production (i.e., second generation bioethanol and methane production via biochemical routes) and non-energy applications - WP4, and multi-criteria evaluation of the
sustainability of the entire value chain by taking into account technological, environmental, economic and socio-economic aspects (WP5).


Innovative propagation techniques;Producing and molecular testing of new Arundo genotypes, and assessment of Saccharum genetic diversity;Growing under biophysical limitations;Energy and non-energy bioconversion;Environmental and economic assessment

Start date of activity



sostenibilità,, innovazione, specie ligneo cellulosiche

Last update: 30/11/2023