We established four demonstration sites with multiple varieties of hybrid poplar to compare their growth and survival. The growth rates of different poplar varieties vary in response to regional differences across the Pacific Northwest. To maximize biomass production for conversion to biofuels and bio-based chemicals, we need to select the best varieties for each region.
This project is supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).