Researchers study infested pines, poplars

By | October 06, 2009
Genome British Columbia is funding two research projects aimed at increasing the production of biofuels from British Columbia's biomass by utilizing lodgepole pines killed by pine beetle infestation. Approximately 36 million cumulative acres of trees have been affected by the beetles.

The first project, focused on optimizing the trees for ethanol production, is being co-funded by Novozymes A/S and the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The second project will focus on identifying genetic characteristics of wild poplars. The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Sciences Center, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, and Sweden-based Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet Energypoplar will co-fund the project.