A Decision Support System for Willow (Salix) to Improve Site Selection, Site Management, and Lower Production Cost

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41777
Amount: $74,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1 Mill Street, D4, Burlington, VT, 05401
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Darryl G. Murdock
 Vice President & CEO
 (802) 652-9722
Business Contact
 Mr. Darryl G. Murdock
Title: Vice President & CEO
Phone: (802) 652-9722
Research Institution
50622-98-I A Decision Support System for Willow (Salix) to Improve Site Selection, Site Management, and Lower Production Cost--Highland Geographic, Inc., 1 Mill Street, D4, Burlington, VT 05401; (802) 652-9722 Mr. Darryl G. Murdock, Principal Investigator Mr. Darryl G. Murdock, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82591 Amount: $74,960 Improved methods for optimization of site selection and improvement of site management are needed for successful introduction of willow (Salix) as a commercial alternative biomass energy source. This project will develop a decision support system for detailed, site specific analysis and improve site management through precision agriculture techniques. Both concepts will be addressed through gradient analysis and will be supported by various geographic informationwill be technologies. Samples from existing, small-scale willow growth sites will be used to identify gradients for willow clones. Cost effective aerial imagery will be used to develop appropriate monitoring techniques. An initial decision support system will be developed for willow siting and subsequent monitoring. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: A system that allows closer-to-optimum selection of growth sites and improved methods for monitoring and managing planted crops will lower overall pesticide and herbicide use and will improve the viability of willow as an alternate energy crop._

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