To meet project goals, NEWBio focuses efforts in eight areas: human systems, feedstock improvement, harvest-preprocessing-logistics, sustainability, safety and health, extension, education, and leadership-stakeholder involvement.
NEWBio Researcher Smart Receives $1M Award for Willow Genetics Research
Larry Smart, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Cornell and
NEWBio co-Prinicipal Investigator, along with Christine Smart
(also at Cornell) are the recipients of a $1 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Genomics Science Program for Systems Biology for Energy and the Environment. Their study, entitled "Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Leaf Rust (Melampsora) Resistance in Shrub Willow (Salix) Bioenergy Crops," will apply cutting edge genetic and genomic approaches to improve understanding of the genetic diversity of Melampsora rust, a major threat to increasing shrub willow yields, wider adoption of willow bioenergy crops, and increased production of renewable energy. Click here to read the project summary!
Biomass on the Farm: Staying Safe and Healthy Douglas Schaufler, Penn State, Speaker
Northeast Bioenergy Webinar Series
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NEWBio October Webinar Offerings
Focus on Clean Power Plan
and Safe Biomass Farm Production
An impressive and important pair of webinars will be offered this month. First up (Oct. 13) will be Geogg Bristow, PA DEP's Northwest Regional Energy Manager, discussing the Potential Role of Biomass Energy in States' Clean Power Plans (CPP). Bristow will include a review of the CPP rule with a focus on the EPA's guidance on the process and considerations for biomass strategies.
On Oct. 22, as part of National Bioenergy Week activities, Douglas Schaufler, Penn State Research Associate and specialist in agricultural safety and health, will offer a sneak peak at a soon-to-be-released publication: Safety and Health Management Planning for Biomass Producers. Biomass production is relatively new to the farming landscape and involves unique tasks and risks. As a precursor to the webinar, Schaufler offers a few safety pointers (see video here) for harvesting biomass in winter conditions. Read more here. Webinar access here.
Lancaster Farming: Special Alternative Energy Section with NEWBio Connections
Larry Smart, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University - and NEWBio project co-lead for Feedstock Improvement activities - is featured in the 9/12/2015 issue on ag energy. With NEWBio partners Double A Willow and ReEnergy Holdings, Smart continues to develop fast-growing shrub willow cultivars for use in bioenergy and other applications. Read more about his efforts in Willow for Fuel.
The special issue includes information on the newly-formed Pennsylvania Wood Energy Team, an initiative supported by NEWBio, insights on energy polices (including the Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania, and the national Renewable Fuels Standard. Read the special section here.
2015 Annual NEWBio Meeting Recap
Over 90 NEWBio project team members, industry stakeholders and invited guests met on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown on August 3-5 to connect all eight project thrusts, discuss NEWBio's third year of effort, and interact with corporate partners and sister research projects. Read more...