In July 2018 Ukrainian team have purchased a new piece of biosencoring equipment – three portative “Fluorotests” (Chlorophyll meters) for NATO SPS G4687 funds. The devices were constructed and manufactured at the Glushkova Institute of Cybernetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The purchasing of those devices by NULP and NULES teams allowed researchers to expand objectives of ongoing project to chlorophyll fluorescence as a bioindicator of effects on growth M. x giganteus at contaminated sites for further biomass production. Chlorophyll-a fluorescence induction is a rapid technique for measuring photosynthetic electron transport in plants. Measuring of activity of M. x.giganteus grown at research military and deposit sites allows photosynthesis under stress to be studied in situ and in the laboratory. The concentration and fluorescence of chlorophyll has been measuring for M. x giganteus in situ at Dolyna, Kurkhove military sites and Tokarivka PGR testing/deposit site.
Using of this technique will help to response to question how to mitigate the impact of stress factors while producing miscanthus biomass at contaminated sites.