Shrub Willow

Our experts provide research, education and extension for shrub willow, which has the potential to be converted into a wide range of energy products. Heat and electricity can be produced from wood-firing plants through direct combustion, co-fired with coal, or gasification. Liquid transportation fuels such as ethanol can be produced through an extraction and fermentation process in a biorefinery. In addition to energy products, willow can also be used to produce biodegradable plastics and other polymers/chemicals normally synthesized from petroleum.

Our expertise on shrub willow spans across production techniques, breeding and pest and disease management.

 

Our shrub willow experts

Lawrence Smart
Lawrence Smart

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Associate Director

Cornell AgriTech

Lawrence Smart
Breeding and genomics
Industrial hemp
Willow bioenergy crops
Chris Smart
Christine Smart

Director

School of Integrative Plant Science

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

Christine Smart
Biology and management of vegetable diseases
Host-pathogen interactions