Response of seeded miscanthus × giganteus to PRE and POST herbicides

Eric K. Anderson, Aaron G. Hager, Dokyoung Lee, Damian J. Allen, Thomas B. Voigt

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Miscanthus × giganteus cv. Illinois is a high-yielding perennial grass crop being developed for cellulosic biomass production in the United States. It is a sterile cultivar and must be established using plantlets or rhizomes; this asexual propagation is relatively expensive, thereby limiting more widespread acceptance. Perennial, tetraploid, seeded types of M. × giganteus have been developed that could reduce establishment costs, while producing high biomass yields. Weed control during the year of establishment is essential because this grass crop does not compete well with weeds in the establishment year. Greenhouse and field experiments were conducted to identify PRE and POST herbicides that would not adversely affect seeded M. × giganteus emergence or growth. Imazethapyr and quinclorac applied PRE had no negative affect on M. × giganteus growth in the greenhouse with respect to seedling emergence, plant height, observed injury symptoms, or fresh weight. In the field, plant emergence was significantly higher with quinclorac plus atrazine than the nontreated control, and emergence with isoxaflutole plus atrazine was not significantly different from the control. Six herbicides applied POST in the greenhouse showed little or no negative effect on miscanthus growth. In the field, several PRE plus POST herbicide combinations did not negatively affect M. × giganteus growth; however, none of these provided adequate weed control under irrigated conditions. Further evaluation of PRE and POST herbicides is needed to identify robust weed control options that are safe on seeded M. × giganteus. Nomenclature: Imazethapyr; quinclorac; Miscanthus × giganteus Greef and Deuter ex Hodkinson and Renvoize.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-283
Number of pages10
JournalWeed Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Biomass
  • cellulosic feedstock
  • establishment
  • perennial grass
  • weed control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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