Professor Iain Donnison

Professor Iain Donnison (investigator) IBERS-Aberystwyth

Contact details:

PT Thomas Building, Gogerddan

Aberystwyth University 
SY23 2AX
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1970 823092




Role in MAGLUE: Investigator


Research background: Professor Iain Donnison is a bioenergy scientist and leads the Environmental Impact theme at IBERS Aberystwyth University. He is involved in many projects such as SUPERGEN Bioenergy I and II and is a lead PI on a BBSRC institute strategic programme grant on Energy Grasses & Biorefining, an ERA-Net project on reed canary grass, and a UK-Australia partnership award on informatics. He is the IBERS lead co-investigator in the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre BioMASS programme, NERC Carbo-BioCrop project, the ETI-ELUM project, and EU Framework projects WATBIO and OPTIMISC. Professor Donnison is committed to the translation of science, is a member of the BBSRC Bioscience for Industry Strategy Panel, and is Director of the BEACON Biorefining Centre, a European Regional Development Funded project comprising 80 scientists at Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities. BEACON has been recognised as one of the most innovative structurally funded projects in Europe and won the RegioStars 2014 award for Sustainable Growth.


Professor Donnison’s role in MAGLUE is to provide data for Work Package 1. Iain and his team run a site in Aberystwyth measuring GHG fluxes in a LUC from grassland to Miscanthus. Through the measurement of GHGs associated with his Miscanthus site Iain will be providing valuable data contributing to WP1.



Dr Jon McCalmont

Tel: 07747 361818



S. Purdy, J. Cunniff, A. Maddison, L. Jones, T. Barraclough, M. Castle, C. Davey, C. Jones, I. Shield, J. Gallagher, I. Donnison, J. Clifton-Brown (2015) Seasonal Carbohydrate Dynamics and Climatic Regulation of Senescence in the Perennial Grass, Miscanthus. BioEnergy Research 8 (1) pp. 28-41. 10.1007/s12155-014-9500-2


F. Hensgen, L. Buehle, I. Donnison, K. Heinsoo, M. Wachendorf (2014) Energetic conversion of European semi-natural grassland silages through the integrated generation of solid fuel and biogas from biomass: Energy yields and the fate of organic compounds. Bioresource Technology 154 pp. 192-200. 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.12.042


Z. Harris, N. Mcnamara, R. Rowe, M. Dondini, J. Finch, M. Perks, J. Morison, I. Donnison, K. Farrar, S. Sohi, P. Ineson, J. Oxley, P. Smith, G. Taylor (2014) The ELUM project: Ecosystem Land-Use Modeling and Soil Carbon GHG Flux Trial. Biofuels 5 (2) pp. 111-116.10.4155/bfs.13.79 Other


P. Robson, K. Farrar, A. Gay, E. Jensen, J. Clifton-Brown, I. Donnison (2013) Variation in canopy duration in the perennial biofuel crop Miscanthus reveals complex associations with yield: Canopy duration and yield in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Biology 64 (8) pp. 2373-2383. 10.1093/jxb/ert104


J. Corton, L. Buhle, M. Wachendorf, I. Donnison, M. Fraser (2013) Bioenergy as a biodiversity management tool and the potential of a mixed species feedstock for bioenergy production in Wales. Bioresource Technology 129 pp. 142-149. 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.11.001


P. Robson, E. Jensen, S. Hawkins, S. White, K. Kenobi, J. Clifton-Brown, I. Donnison, K. Farrar (2013) Accelerating the domestication of a bioenergy crop: identifying and modelling morphological targets for sustainable yield increase in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Botany 64 (14) pp. 4143-4155. 10.1093/jxb/ert225


M. Robbins, G. Evans, J. Valentine, I. Donnison, G. Allison (2012) New opportunities for the exploitation of energy crops for combustion in Northern Europe and the UK. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science 38 (2) pp. 138-155. 10.1016/j.pecs.2011.08.001 Cadair


L. Bühle, F. Hensgen, I. Donnison, K. Heinsoo, M. Wachendorf (2012) Life cycle assessment of the integrated generation of solid fuel and biogas from biomass (IFBB) in comparison to different energy recovery, animal-based and non-refining management systems.Bioresource Technology 111 pp. 230-239. 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.02.072


G. Allison, C. Morris, J. Clifton-Brown, S. Lister, I. Donnison (2011) Genotypic variation in cell wall composition in a diverse set of 244 accessions of MiscanthusBiomass and Bioenergy 35 (11) Biofuels and Bioenergy: Challenges and Opportunities, Vancouver, Canada, 29/08/2006 - 08/09/2006. pp. 4740-4747. 10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.10.008 Cadair


P. Robson, M. Mos, H. Dee, J. Clifton-Brown, I. Donnison (2011) Improving bioenergy crop yield and quality through manipulating senescence. Aspects of Applied Biology 112 pp. 323-328. Cadair


E. Jensen, M. Squance, A. Hastings, S. Thomas-Jones, K. Farrar, L. Huang, R. King, J. Clifton-Brown, I. Donnison (2011) Understanding the value of hydrothermal time on flowering in Miscanthus species. Aspects of Applied Biology 112 pp. 181-189.



For a full list of Professor Iain Donnison’s publications click here