Next-Gen Poplars

Creating connections to advance the use of Hybrid Poplar

Project Overview

Welcome to the Next-Gen Poplars website! The hybrid poplars (Populus spp.) represent a promising long-term biomass feedstock for biofuels and the emerging bioproducts industry. This project is a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant-funded opportunity to advance the genetics, economic analysis, and utilization of hybrid poplars in the Midwestern United States.

This project is a partnership between NRRI (Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth), and University of Minnesota Extension.

NRRI's Hybrid Poplar Breeding Program has produced fast-growing disease-resistant hybrid poplars that are a promising feedstock for the emerging Midwest bioeconomy. NRRI's role in this project is the improvement of hybrid poplar genetics for increased and consistent yield and broadened adaptability across a range of climate and soil types.

The University of Minnesota Extension's mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical needs. Their role in this project is to use Extension resources to work towards the innovation of a new Midwestern bioeconomy supply chain that uses hybrid poplar as a feedstock.

This link will take you to a brief Video Overview of the Project.

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This work is supported by Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area (grant no. 2018-68005-27635) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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