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.
A comprehensive guide to commercial use of shrub willow (Salix spp.) as a sustainable feedstock crop for bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts.
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