While poplar and willow have potential markets for bioenergy, we recognize that a full scale market and production industry for poplar and willow biofuels will not appear overnight. The challenges lie primarily in the area of policy and economics. Our panel will discuss the realities and the emerging markets for biofuels, talk about the obstacles and opportunities ahead, and consider the other markets for poplar and willow that could bridge our pathway to a more biobased economy.
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).