Long-term Miscanthus Experiment

  • Experiment Code: R/CS/408
  • Experiment Site: Rothamsted
  • Objectives: To quantify the biomass yield potential of Miscanthus sinensis giganteus
  • Description: Miscanthus was transplanted on 25th May 1993. The Rothamsted crop has remained productive since with no sign of yield decline and is now believed to be one of the oldest stands in the world. The experiment is now maintained to determine how long a single planting may remain productive and to monitor for pests and diseases that may threaten productivity.
  • Date Start: 1993
  • Establisment Period End: 1995
  • Date End: Ongoing

Key Contacts

  • Sarah Perryman

  • Role: Data Manager
  • Organisation: Rothamsted Research
  • Address: West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, United Kingdom
  • Andy Macdonald

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Organisation: Rothamsted Research
  • Address: West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, United Kingdom
  • Ian Shield

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Organisation: Rothamsted Research
  • Address: West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, United Kingdom

Funding

Experimental Design

Description

  • 3 randomised blocks of 3 plots each

Design

  • Period: 1993 - Now
  • Number of Blocks: 3
  • Number of Blocks: 9

Crops

Crop Years Grown
Miscanthus Sinensis

Factors

Factors are the interventions or treatments which vary across the experiment.

Nitrogen Fertilizer Exposure

Application: Whole Plot

Levels
Level Name Amount Years Frequency Crop Method Chemical Form Notes
Control Exposure 0 -
N1 60 kgN/ha - annually in spring ammonium nitrate
N2 120 kgN/ha - annually in spring ammonium nitrate

Measurements

Variable Unit Collection
Frequency
Material Description Crop
Plant Biomass annual
Plant Height
Stem Number

Site: Road Piece West - Rothamsted

  • Experiment Site: Rothamsted
  • Management: Fertilizers and pesticides are applied as necessary. The crop is hand harvested.
  • Visit Permitted?: Yes
  • Visiting Arrangments: By arrangement
  • Elevation: 131 Metres
  • Geolocation:    51.80183875, -0.36711931

Soil

There are currently no prepared datasets online for this experiment. However, there may still be data available but requiring curation. For more information please contact the e-RA curators.

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Key References

NO KEYREF PROVIDED

For further information and assistance, please contact the e-RA curators, Sarah Perryman and Margaret Glendining using the e-RA email address: era@rothamsted.ac.uk