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AHB Newsletter – Volume 3, No. 1 [Spring 2014]

Editor’s Notes

The Hardwood Biofuels Wednesday Webinar series started the year with a webinar on soil quality in January followed with a February webinar covering the best locations for growing poplar in the Pacific Northwest. The webinar series will finish off this spring with webinars on endophytes in poplars, modeling poplar growth, and creating a bioenergy curriculum. This issue of the AHB E-Newsletter focuses on finding ways to limit herbivory in poplars, measuring greenhouse gas emissions in poplar demonstration sites, and exploring the diversity of students in the Bioenergy Minor at Oregon State University. The AHB Extension Team is busy planning two conferences in Seattle: the Northwest Wood-based Biofuels and Co-products Conference and the Short Rotation Woody Crops Working Group Conference. The abstract submission deadlines for both conferences are at the beginning of April. We have also set the dates for the summer field tours at the AHB demonstration sites. More details coming soon!

Patricia Townsend, Ph.D.
Regional Extension Specialist and Educator
Washington State University

A deer nibbling on a poplar leaf.

Detecting Unpalatable Poplars:

Breeding Poplars to Deter Pests Sylvia Kantor, Washington State University Imagine you are a poplar breeder trying to improve poplar varieties for biofuel feedstock. You want them to grow fast and to have high…
A man bending over a soil monitor in a field.

Do Poplar Bioenergy Farm Soils Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Patricia Townsend, Washington State University Soil greenhouse gas emissions are just one piece of the puzzle in determining how growing poplar for bioenergy may impact the carbon cycle. Understanding how much carbon is released…
Two girls bending over a microscope

Bioenergy Minor Brims with Diverse Students at Oregon State University

Patricia Townsend, Washington State University Kimi Grzyb, Oregon State University Twenty imaginative undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds are exploring ways to create sustainable energy solutions while gaining valuable research experience through the new…