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Although Miscanthus is primarily used as an energy crop it is also an ideal material to be processed as animal bedding. Miscanthus is a rhizome crop, quite literally plant and leave, with no requirement for fertilisers or pesticides once established. Growing up to 3 metres tall Miscanthus adds structural resources to agricultural landscapes, providing overwinter cover for wildlife.
Biomass grass crops (such as miscanthus) can provide substantially improved habitat for many forms of native wildlife, due to the low intensity of the agricultural management system and the untreated headlands (T.Semere & F.Slater, Biomass & Bioenergy 2007)
Miscanthus is a bamboo-like structure, with a spongy inner core. It is this core that is very absorbent, being able to absorb up to three times its own weight in moisture and the woody outer stem, when processed, gives low dust content and a hard wearing end product. It is this structure that makes it popular as horse bedding.