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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

Professor

Horticulture

Associate Director

Cornell AgriTech

Lawrence Smart
Chris Smart
Christine Smart

Professor

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Christine Smart