Switchgrass Ukraine : overview of switchgrass research and guidelines

H.W. Elbersen, M. Kulyk, R.P. Poppens, J.P. Lesschen, P. Kraisvitnii, M. Galytska, O. Rii, M.V. Roik, V.L. Kurylo, O.V. Morozov, V.M. Smirnykh, A.M. Gorobets, O.V. Gerasymenko

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Between 2008 and 2013 switchgrass experiments have been conducted in Ukraine which have showed what varieties are locally adapted, how switchgrass can be established, what yields may be expected, what row space should be used, what seeding rate is optimal, etc. In the experiments the Ukrainian experts have gained much experience in establishing switchgrass and in management of switchgrass. This has made it possible to make a description of switchgrass management in Ukraine and to establish with success large fields. Further information is still needed, especially with respect to efficient harvesting on a larger scale and storage and conversion into pellets and conversion to energy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • fuel crops
  • panicum virgatum
  • biomass production
  • cultivation
  • cultural methods
  • field tests
  • ukraine
  • biobased economy
  • station tests

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