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