Workshop 6: What are the quality criteria for grass and clover varieties used for biomass feedstock for biorefineries?

Workshop, Aarhus University, Campus Foulum
Thursday September 15, 2016
Workshop leader:
Birte Boelt


Is breeding and selection for new traits required or do we go for the highest yielding varieties?   

Collaboration subjects identified during the workshop

Screening of plant material in a bioeconomy system

Screening for biorefining targets ---> protein, ethanol, …

Next step

  • Development of fast, non-destructive and inexpensive screening methods (NIRS, image analysis etc.)
  • Logistics
  • Social, environmental and economic parameters
  • Next generation!

Quality criteria

  • Active breeding industry – testing in real life
  • Quality might already be there
  • Screening methods

Agronomic/societal quality criteria

  • Reduce leaching
  • Reduce erosion
  • Improve soil quality by carbon storage

Protein/short storage time/local plant/organized harvest


René Gislum
Associate Professor
Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University

+45 8715 8279