Alder is interplanted with poplar to aid in growth. The black screens prevent sun scorching
Efficient cultivation of hybrid poplars that will serve as feedstock presents a major challenge to producing cellulose-based fuels. Therefore, we are researching ways to improve poplar production for bioenergy.
Some of the research is lab-based and other research is done at the four demonstration sites. Research topics range from land suitability, genetics, pathogens and pests, to endosymbionts, small organisms living symbiotically with poplars.
Learn more about our research at the links below.
Identifying the most suitable areas for hardwood biofuels production READ MORE >>
Testing ways to improve poplar biomass productivity READ MORE >>
Screening the best hybrid poplar varieties for bioenergy READ MORE >>
Exploring native and exotic alder hybridization READ MORE >>
Endophytes of poplar for improved sustainability of biomass production READ MORE >>
Reducing pathogen damage in biofuel plantations using symbionts READ MORE >>
Low impact pest control: Development of screening technology for detecting defensive chemical traits in poplar READ MORE >>
Genetic containment technology for poplar biofuels plantations READ MORE >>
Association genetics of growth, water use efficiency, and chemical composition of wood in Populus trichocarpa READ MORE >>