AHB Newsletter – Volume 4, No. 4 [Winter 2015]

Editor’s Notes

Poplar growers, wood products professionals, and municipalities are looking at ways to work together to create more market opportunities.  Learn about the workshop that brought representatives from each industry together to consider growth and future planning in Opportunities for Poplar.

Discover how one researcher on the AHB Conversion team is creating a catalyst to convert poplar-based jet fuel. Oliver Jan describes the process in Breakthrough on Catalysts for Poplar-based Jet Fuel.

Tracking performance of poplar crops through growing cycles is vital to estimating yields. Richard Shuren of GreenWood Resources details their methods in Taking Stock of Hybrid Poplar Bioenergy Plantings.

Meet Shannon Fraser. As a grad student and member of the AHB Feedstock team, Shannon delves into the world of microbes and how they impact poplars. Read why fungal leaf endophytes and identifying poplar diseases is critical to her work and the environment. Grad Student Spotlight

Then, find out what members of the AHB team are wishing for the environment in 2016!

Join us in our next webinar: Estimation of job creation and economic activity from investment in hybrid poplar bio-jet fuel. January 20 from 11:00 – 12:00 PST.

Our Extension team has a new video to share on Poplar for Recycled Water Reuse and Phytoremediation.

And, take part in our upcoming National Working Forum: Managing Poplar and Willow for Environmental Benefits and the Renewable Fuels Industry. April 11 – 13 in Portland, Oregon.

Betsy Fradd
Washington State University