On March 20–21, 2019 the final conference of MISCOMAR Project (Miscanthus biomass options for contaminated and marginal land: quality, quantity and soil interaction (http://www.miscomar.eu) held in the Institute of Ecology of Industrial Areas in Katowice, Poland. The conference was entitleed „Multiple benefits of biomass crops on marginal land“ and gathered researchers from Poland, Great Britain, Germany involved in MISCOMAR project, representatives from the private sector-farmers and biomass processors. NATO G4687 team’s members from Czech Republic and Ukraine took part at the event as well.
The main goal of the conference was to summarize the results of MISCOMAR project and to exchange knowledge and experience in miscanthus breeding and cultivation at the marginal and contaminated localities.
The plenary reports were delivered by PI of MISCOMAR project Dr. Marta Podrzeba, Institute of Ecology of Industrial Areas (Poland), participants of the project: prof. John Clifton-Brawn, University of Aberdeen (Great Britain) and Dr. Andreas Kiesel, University of Hohenheim (Germany). Representatives from Teravesta (Great Britain) Sam Buckby and Michael Squance introduced the achievements in miscanthus breading and representatives from business and innovation companies – Dr. Marcian Siedlecki, Research and Innovation Centre Pro-Academia (Poland) and Uwe Kuhn, Technical Service Kuehn, (Germany) illustrated possibilities of miscanthus biomass processing to energy and bioproducts. The latest results of NATO G4687 project was presented by NDP prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk as plenary report „Phytotechnology with M. x giganteus biomass production while applying to the metal(loid)s contaminated military and post-military sites“. PhD students Diana Nebeská, Hana Burdová and Jan Černý from UJEP had opportunity to present recent scientific results during poster session with posters „Effects of selected plant growth regulators on Miscanthus x giganteus biomass production in the Czech Republic“ and „Activity of soil microorganisms during Miscanthus x giganteus cultivation: first results of the field study in the Czech Republic“. Another NATO team members participated in the poster session,i.e. : Dr. Tatyana Stefanovska (NULES, Ukraine) and Dr. Kumar Pranaw (UJEP) with presentation „The biomass production of Miscanthus x giganteus in contaminated land of the rainfall shortage regions of Ukraine“. Professor Pidlisnyuk introduced latest results received by PhD student Zafer Alasmary and team working at Kansas State University,USA in a poster „Field-based investigations on phytostabilisation of a contaminated military site using biofuel crop and soil amendmens“.
After the conference Dr. Kumar Pranaw and PhD students Diana Nebeská, Hana Burdová and Jan Černý ( All-UJEP) visited MISCOMAR research sites and took samples of contaminated and control soils for future microbiology research.
NATO team would like to express the appreciation to PI of MISCOMAR project Dr. Marta Podrzeba for the invitation to the conference.