Long-term Miscanthus Experiment

Local identifier
R/CS/408
Years operational
1993— (Establishment period end: 1995)
Objective
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
Farm operation data?
Sample archive?
Samples available?
 
Data Access Statement
Available to any researcher on request
Data license
CC BY
Data policy
Yes (not online)
Organization
Rothamsted Research
research organisation
Person
Dr Sarah Perryman
data manager
Rothamsted Research
Computational and Analytical Sciences

Site: Road Piece West

Type
research station field
Location
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
United Kingdom
Geographic location
51.80183875, -0.36711931
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Elevation
131 Metres
Visits permitted?
Yes
Visiting arrangements
By arrangement
Management
Fertilizers and pesticides are applied as necessary. The crop is hand harvested.

Design period: Main period (1993—)

Design Type
Randomized complete block design
Design description
3 randomised blocks of 3 plots each
Number of blocks
3
Number of plots
9
Crop
CropYears grown
Miscanthus sinensis
Factor
nitrogen fertilizer exposure
Plot application: Whole plot
Effect: Cumulative
control exposure  (0 )
N1  (60 kgN/ha)
Application frequency: annually in spring
Chemical form: ammonium nitrate
N2  (120 kgN/ha)
Application frequency: annually in spring
Chemical form: ammonium nitrate
Measurements
VariableMaterialUnitsFrequencyScaleComment
plant biomassNot specifiedannual
plant heightNot specified
stem numberNot specified