Hybrid Poplar Breeding for Improved Water use Efficiency for Short Rotation Tree Farming Under Semi-Arid Conditions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2012-00310
Agency Tracking Number: 2012-00310
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
1500 SW FIRST AVE STE 940, Portland, OR, 97201-5823
DUNS: 601055739
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Stanton
 Managing Director, Tree Improvement Grou
 (971) 533-7052
Business Contact
 Brian Stanton
Title: Chief Science Officer
Phone: (971) 533-7052
Email: brian.stanton@gwrglobal.com
Research Institution
GreenWood Resources proposes to develop hybrid poplar growing stock of improved water-use efficiency using a strategy of species selection, inter-specific hybridization, and varietal selection. The proposed work will lead to an increase in the cost-efficiency of current sawlog production and future biomass production at GreenWood's Boardman Tree Farm. Improvement in the physiology of varietal water use efficiency will also lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emission. Moreover, growing stock of improved water use efficiency will enable short-rotation forestry as a renewable source of cellulosic energy feedstock on sites of marginal agricultural quality using low-input silviculture in targeted regions of the western United States. The water-use efficient hybrid poplar energy varieties developed in this project will initially be used in developing biomass feedstock plantation support for a local cellulosic bio-refinery.

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