Search Results for 'Poplar'

Field trials in Oregon and Arizona showing GM poplar trees don’t impact air quality

Field trials in Oregon and Arizona showing GM poplar trees don’t impact air quality

January 16, 2020 |

In Washington, poplar trees are widely used in commercial products, but, like several other tree species, they emit gases to the atmosphere that worsen air pollution and alter climate. Now field trials in Oregon and Arizona show that poplar trees, which emit trace amounts of the gas isoprene, can be genetically modified to leave air […]

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Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions

Improving poplar biomass production under stress conditions

October 6, 2018 |

In California, researchers at UC Davis are stressing out poplar plants on purpose by elevating temperatures, lowering water access and seeing how they can redesign poplar to withstand the added stresses. Poplar provides a fast-growing woody feedstock for biofuels and the rising frequency of these stressful periods inspires a race to find more tolerant plants. […]

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University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

February 14, 2018 |

In Georgia, a research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. In a paper published recently in Nature Biotechnology, the researchers report that reducing the activity of a specific gene […]

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DOE awards IBBR $1.1 million grant to sort out rust in poplar

DOE awards IBBR $1.1 million grant to sort out rust in poplar

January 30, 2018 |

In Maryland, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer durable resistance for this important, second generation biofuel crop. The aim of the three-year project is to investigate the molecular […]

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University of Washington researchers find poplar coppice could be best bet for Pacific Northwest biofuels

University of Washington researchers find poplar coppice could be best bet for Pacific Northwest biofuels

December 18, 2017 |

In Washington state, a University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable competitor by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently — after only two or three years — instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. The team is the first to try converting the […]

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University of Washington researchers find younger poplar trees could be viable alternative to fossil fuels

University of Washington researchers find younger poplar trees could be viable alternative to fossil fuels

November 21, 2017 |

In Washington state, a University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable competitor to fossil fuels by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. These trees, essentially juveniles compared with fully grown adults, are […]

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ORNL releases largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism dataset of poplar trees

ORNL releases largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism dataset of poplar trees

February 6, 2017 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE’s […]

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GreenWood Resources licenses ORNL tech to produce ethanol from poplars more easily

GreenWood Resources licenses ORNL tech to produce ethanol from poplars more easily

September 26, 2016 |

In Tennessee, GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. GreenWood, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, plans to commercialize the technology to select and breed better […]

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Why Poplar is so Popular: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to poplar bioconversion

Why Poplar is so Popular: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to poplar bioconversion

September 12, 2016 |

Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels, and the launch of Hot 40 and Hot 50 voting —  we were intrigued by this slide deck on advances in poplar production and bioconversion for the bioeconomy, from the Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Northwest consortium, which is pioneering the feedstock in a series of […]

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University of Tennessee AgResearch Center harvests poplars for biomass trials

University of Tennessee AgResearch Center harvests poplars for biomass trials

March 3, 2016 |

In Tennessee, a small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy. Located on UT’s East Tennessee AgResearch Center in Blount County, the 10-acre plot of hybrid poplars was planted just over four years […]

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