By developing this tropical grass to grow in the UK climate, scientists hope to be able to replace coal in power stations with biofuel.Miscanthus, sometimes known as elephant grass, is already being grown in Europe to produce biofuel to replace coal in power stations, but we need to grow more to have enough to satisfy potential demand.

Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales are working to develop strains of miscanthus that suit UK conditions and produce seeds, without losing the important properties that make it a useful biofuel.

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Comment:  This is topical given the UK Government announcement that all coal fired power stations are due to be retired by 2025.

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