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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

Testing Ways to Improve Poplar Biomass Productivity

Screening the Best Hybrid Poplar Varieties for Bioenergy

Exploring Native and Exotic Alder Hybridization

Endophytes of Poplar for Improved Sustainability of Biomass Production

Association Genetics of Growth, Water Use Efficiency, and Chemical Composition of Wood in Populus trichocarpa

Reducing Pathogen Damage in Biofuel Plantations Using Symbionts

Low Impact Pest Control: Development of Screening Technology for Detecting Defensive Chemical Traits in Poplar

Genetic Containment Technology for Poplar Biofuels Plantations

Alder trees growing next to poplar trees. The alder trees have black screens shielding their trunks.
Alder is interplanted with poplar to aid in growth. The black screens prevent sun scorching