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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Leadership, Stakeholder Involvement, and Knowledge-to-Action

Take a Closer Look: Biofuels Can Support Environmental, Economic and Social Goals. Environmental Science and Technology
Dale, B.E., J.E. Anderson, R.C. Brown, S. Csonka, V.H. Dale, G. Herwick, R.D. Jackson, N. Jordan, S. Kaffka, K.L. Kline, L.R. Lynd, C. Malmstrom, R.G. Ong, T.L. Richard, C. Taylor and M.Q. Wang
2014. DOI: 10.1021/es5025433.


Harvest, Preprocessing, and Logistics

Switchgrass yield and quality on reclaimed surface mines in West Virginia: II. Feedstock Quality and Theoretical Ethanol Production
Brown, C., T. Griggs, and J. Skousen
2015.  Bioenergy Research.  DOI 10.1007/s12155-015-9657-3

Switchgrass biofuel production on reclaimed surface mines: I. Soil quality and dry matter yield
Brown, C., T. Griggs, T. Keene, M. Marra, and J. Skousen
2015. Bioenergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-015-9658-2

Planting rates and delays during the establishment of willow biomass crops
Bush, C., T.A. Volk, M.H. Eisenbies
2015. Biomass and Bioenergy. Vol. 83, December 2015. Pp 290-296. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.10.008

Bark content of two shrub willow cultivars grown at two sites and relationships with centroid bark content and stem diameter
Eich, S., T.A. Volk, M.H. Eisenbies
2015. Bioenergy Research. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-015-9617-y

Changes in feedstock quality in willow chip piles created in winter from a commercial scale harvest. Biomass and Bioenergy
Eisenbies, M.H., T.A. Volk, A. Patel
2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.02.004

Evaluation of a Single-Pass, Cut and Chip Harvest System on Commercial-Scale, Short-Rotation Shrub Willow Biomass Crops
Eisenbies, M. H., Volk, T. A., Posselius, J., Foster, C., Shi, S., Karapetyan, S.
2014. BioEnergy Research, 1-13, June 3, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-014-9482-0.

Quality and variability of commercial-scale short rotation willow biomass harvested using a single-pass cut-and-chip forage harvester
Eisenbies, M.H., T.A. Volk, J. Posselius, S. Shi, and A. Patel
2014. BioEnergy Research 14 Oct 2014, 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-014-9540-7.

The effect of bio-carbon addition on the electrical conductive, mechanical, and thermal properties of polyvinyl alcohol/biochar composites
Nan, N., D. DeVallance, X. Xie, J. Wang
2015. Journal of Composite Materials, April 2016. 50(9), 1161-1168. DOI: 10.1177/0021998315589770

Winter rye as a bioenergy feedstock: impact of crop maturity on composition. Biotechnology for Biofuels
Shao X, K. DiMarco, T. Richard, and L. Lynd
2015. February 27, 2015. 8:35. DOI: 10.1186/s13068-015-0225-z

Establishment and growth of switchgrass and other biomass crops on surface mines. Journal American Society of Mining and Reclamation
Skousen, J., C. Brown, T. Griggs, and S. Byrd
2014. 3(1): 136-156. DOI: 10.21000/JASMR14010136

Recently Bred Willow (Salix spp.) Biomass Crops Show Stable Yield Trends Over Three Rotations at Two Sites
Sleight, N. and T. Volk
2016. Bioenergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-016-9726-2

Enhanced enzymatic saccharification of shrub willow using sulfolane pretreatment
Wang, K., X. Xie, J. Jiang, J. Wang
2016. Cellulose. DOI: 10.1007/s10570-016-0875-4

Microwave assisted hydrolysis of holocellulose catalyzed with sulfonated char derived from lignin-rich residue
Wang, K., X. Xie, Z. Si, J. Jiang, J. Wang
2014. Advances in Materials Science and Engineering. Vol. 2015, Article ID 106137. DOI: 10.1155/2015/106137

Integrated Acidogenic Digestion and Carboxylic Acid Separation by Nanofiltration Membranes for the Lignocellulosic Carboxylate Platform
Xiong, B., T.L. Richard and M. Kumar
Journal of Membrane Science. Vol. 489, 1 September 2015. 275-283. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.04.022

Directional liquefaction coupling fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass for platform chemicals
Xu, J., X. Xie, J. Wang, J. Jiang
2016. Green Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/c5gc03070f

 

Human Systems

News Media Analysis of Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass: Perceptions and Possibilities
Feldpausch-Parker, A. M., Burnham, M., Melnik, M., Callaghan, M. L., Selfa, T.
2015. Energies, April 2015. 8(4), 3058-3074. DOI: 10.3390/en8043058

 

Feedstock Improvement

Genotype by environment interactions analysis of North American shrub willow yield trials confirms superior performance of triploid hybrids
Fabio, E.S., Volk, T.A., Miller, R.O., Serapiglia, M.J., Gauch, H.G., Johnson, G.A, van Rees, K.C.J., Labrecque, M., Amichev, B.Y., Hangs, R.D., Kuzovkina, J.A., Ewy, R.G., Kling, G.J. and Smart, L.B.
2015. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12344

Whole-Genome sequences of thirteen endophytic bacteria isolated from shrub willow (Salix) grown in Geneva, New York
Gan, H.Y., Gan, H.M., Savka, M.A., Triassi, A.J., Wheatley, M.S., Smart, L.B., Fabio, E.S., and Hudson, A.O.
2014. Genome Announcements. 2(3):e00288-14. DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.00288-14.

Development, characterization and cross-amplification of eight EST-derived microsatellites in Salix
He, X., Zheng, J., Serapiglia, M.J., Smart, L.B., Shi, S., Wang, B.
2014. Silvae Genetica. In press.

Genetic evidence for three discrete taxa of Melampsora (Pucciniales) affecting willows (Salix spp.) in New York State
Kenaley, S.C., Smart, L.B., and Hudler, G.W.
2014. Fungal Biology 2014 Aug;118(8):704-20. doi: 10.1016/j.funbio.2014.05.001.

Switchgrass yield on reclaimed surface mines for bioenergy production
Marra, M., T. Keene, J. Skousen, and T. Griggs.
2013. J. Env. Qual. 42: 696-703. DOI: 10.2134/jeq2012.0453

Early selection of novel triploid hybrids of shrub willow with improved biomass yield relative to diploids
Serapiglia, M.J., Gouker, F.E., Smart L.B.
2014. BMC Plant Biology 2014, 14: 74. DOI:10.1186/1471-2229-14-74.

Ploidy level affects important biomass traits of novel shrub willow (Salix) hybrids
Serapiglia, M.J., F.E. Gouker, J.F. Hart, F. Unda, S.D. Mansfield, A.J. Stipanovic, and L.B. Smart.
2014. BioEnergy Research. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-014-9521-x

Evaluation of the impact of compositional differences in switchgrass genotypes on pyrolysis product yield
Serapiglia, M.J., Mullen, C.A., Boateng, A.A, Cortese, L.M., Bonos, S.A., Hoffman, L.
2015. Industrial Crops and Products 74:957-968. DOI:10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.06.024

Variability in pyrolysis product yield from novel shrub willow genotypes
Serapiglia, M.J., Mullen, C.A., Smart, L.B., and Boateng, A.A.
2015. Biomass Bioenergy. 72:74-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.11.015


Sustainability Systems

Living snow fences show potential for large storage capacity and reduced drift length shortly after planting
Heavey, J.P. and T.A. Volk.
2014. Agroforestry Systems 88(5): 803-814. DOI: 10.1007/s10457-014-9726-1.

Uncertainties in Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Advanced Biomass Feedstock Logistics Supply Chains in Kansas
Nguyen, L., K.G. Cafferty, E.M. Searcy, S. Spatari.
2014. Energies 7(11), 7125-7146. DOI: 10.3390/en7117125

Seasonal Dynamics of N, P, and K in an Organic and Inorganic Fertilized Willow Biomass System. Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Quaye, A.K., T.A. Volk, and J.J Schoenau.
2014. Article ID 471248. DOI: 10.1155/2015/471248

Untapped potential: Opportunities and challenges for sustainable bioenergy production from marginal lands in New York and the Northeast USA
Stoof, C.R., Richards, B.K., Woodbury, P., Fabio, E.S., Brumbach, A., Cherney, J., Das, S., Geohring, L., Hornesky, J., Mayton, H., Mason, C., Ruestow, G., Smart, L.B., Volk, T.A., Steenhuis, T.
2014. Bioenergy Research. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-014-9515-8


Safety and Health

Safety and Health Hazards in On-Farm Biomass Production and Processing
Schaufler, D., A. Yoder, D. Murphy, C Schwab, A. DeHart.
2014. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. DOI 10.13031/jash.20.10639

Safety and Health in Biomass Production, Transportation and Storage
Yoder, A.M., C. V. Schwab, P. D. Gunderson, and D. J. Murphy.
2013. Journal of Agromedicine. DOI: 10.1080/1059924X.2014.886539.

 

Books/Book Chapters

Advancements in Wood Pretreatment for Bioenergy and Biofuel Applications
DeVallance, D., T. Wang, X. Xie, J. Wang.
2014. In: Practices and Perspectives in Sustainable Bioenergy: A Systems Thinking Approach. (M. Mitra, ed.), Springer. Accepted.

Wood-Based Energy in the Northern Forests
Jacobson, M. and D. Ciolkosz (Eds)
2013. Springer.

Domestication and Conservation of Populus and Salix Genetic Resources (Chap. 4.)
Stanton, B.J., Smart, L.B., and Serapiglia, M.J.
2014. In: Richardson, J. and Isebrands, J.G. (eds.) Poplars and Willows: Trees for Society and the Environment. CABI and Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy. pp 124-199

Agriculture and Forestry Integration
Richard, T.L., and H. El-Lakany.
2015. In: Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps. G. M. Souza, R. L. Victoria, C.A. Joly and L.M. Verdade (eds.). Scientific Committee on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE) – FAPESP – BIOEN – BIOTA+10 – FAPESP Climate Change. Sao Paulo, Brazil, pp 468-489.

Development and Deployment of Willow Biomass Crops
Volk, T. A., L. P. Abrahamson, T. Buchholz, J. Caputo and M. Eisenbies.
2014. In: Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems. (D. Karlen, ed.) John Wiley and Sons, pp 201-217

 

Technical Reports/Other Publications

Technical Reports

Biomass Resources, Uses, and Opportunities in West Virginia 2013
Grushecky, S., J. Wang, S. Owen, and L. Osborn.
2014. Final Technical Report to the West Virginia Division of Energy. Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 128pp.

Market Opportunity Identification for Lignocellulosic Biomass
Thomchick, E. and K. Ruamsook.
February 2014. White paper.

 

Other Publications

Research Summaries

Exploring on-farm pyrolysis processing of biofuels
Boateng, A. K. and S. Harlow.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

Characteristics of willow biomass chips produced using a single-pass cut-and-chip harvester
Eisenbies, M., T. A. Volk, and J. Posselius.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

Development of a Single-Pass Cut-and-Chip Harvesting System for Short Rotation Woody Crops
Eisenbies, M., T. A. Volk, and J. Posselius.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

Biomass Crop Production Benefits from a Wide Spectrum of Marketing Opportunities
Harlow, S., K. Ruamsook, and E. Thomchick.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

Modeling and optimization of woody biomass harvest and logistics in the northeastern United States
Hartley, D.
2014. Ph.D. Dissertation. Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia. 219 pp.

Maximizing Planted Area and Biomass Production in Shrub Willow Bioenergy Fields
Heavey, J. and I. Knipfing.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

EcoWillow 2.0: An Updated Tool for Financial Analysis of Willow Biomass
Heavey, J. and T. Volk.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

U.S. Billion-Ton Update Shows Farms and Forests Have Huge Potential for U.S. Bioenergy Future
Langholtz, M. and S. Harlow.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

Safety and Health Risks of Producing Biomass on the Farm
Schaufler, D., D. Murphy, and S. Harlow.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

Triploid Hybrids of Shrub Willow Yield More Biomass Than Diploids and Tetraploids
Smart, L.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

Sequestration of Carbon by Shrub Willow Offsets Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Volk, T.
Research Summary. Published on eXtension.

 

Case Studies

ReEnergy Holdings: Offering Markets for Biomass in the Northeast
Harlow, S.
Case Study. Published on eXtension.

Renmatix Turns Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use
Harlow, S.
Case Study. Published on eXtension.

Terra Green Energy: Pioneers in Torrefaction for Commercial Co-Combustion
Harlow, S. and T. Causer.
Case Study. Published on eXtension.

Ernst Conservation Seeds Transforms Leftover Biomass into Energy Product
Harlow, S. and C. Ernst.
Case Study. Published on eXtension.

New Holland Agriculture Expands Offerings for Biomass Harvest and Handling
Harlow, S., J. Posselius, and J. Heavey.
Case Study. Published on eXtension.

Double A Willow Strengthens Biomass Supply Chain by Providing Willow Plantings to Biofuels Industry
Harlow, S., D. Rak, and J. Heavey.
Case Study. Published on eXtension.

 

Patents or Licensures

Willow plant name ‘Preble’.
Abrahamson, L.P., R. F. Kopp, L. B. Smart and T.A. Volk.
2014. U.S. PP24,537, filed February 29, 2012, and issued June 10, 2014.

 

Fact Sheets and Articles

Shrub Willow: Feedstock Production

Shrub Willow Planting and Maintenance
Heavey, J. and T. A. Volk.
2016. Fact Sheet. Research Foundation for the State University of New York.

Willow Harvesting Equipment Considerations
Jacobson, M.
2016. A Penn State Extension Renewable and Alternative Energy Fact Sheet.

Site Preparation for Willow Bioenergy Crops
Heavey, J. and T. A. Volk.
2015. Fact Sheet. Research Foundation for the State University of New York.

Commercial Willow Production for Biopower in Northern NY State
Heavey, J. and T. A. Volk
2014. Fact Sheet. Research Foundation for the State University of New York.

Improving the Yield of Shrub Willow Bioenergy Crops
Smart, Larry Smart and M. Jacobson.
2013. Ag Progress Days. Rock Springs, PA.

Demonstrating Yield of Shrub Willow Bioenergy Crops
Smart, Larry.
2013. Big Flats Field Day, Elmira, NY.

NEWBio in West Virginia: “A Peek at the Process of Developing a Willow Demonstration Area in Rupert, West Virginia”
Owen, S. C., S. Grushecky and H. Nobert.
2013. WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

NEWBio in West Virginia: “Shrub Willow: A Bioenergy Crop Profile for West Virginia”
Owen, Sarah Cross, S. Grushecky and J. Skousen.
2013. WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

NEWBio Energy Crop Profile: “Shrub Willow Fact Sheet”
Jacobson, M.
2012. Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, University Park, PA.

Shrub Willow Biomass Producer's Handbook
Abrahamson, L.P. et al.
2010. Fact Sheet. State University of New York.

 

Switchgrass: Feedstock Production

Bipolaris Leaf Spot on Switchgrass: Bipolaris species
Songsomboon, K. et al.
2017. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Evaluation of Anthracnose Severity on Switchgrass Cultivars and Accessions
Hoffman, L. et al.
2016. Article.

Miscanthus Budget for Biomass Production
Jacobson, M., et al.
2013. A Penn State Extension Renewable and Alternative Energy Fact Sheet.

NEWBio in West Virginia: “Switchgrass: A Bioenergy Crop Profile for West Virginia”
Owen, Sarah Cross, S. Grushecky and J. Skousen.
2013. WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

NEWBio Energy Crop Profile: “Switchgrass Fact Sheet”
Jacobson, M.
2012. Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, University Park, PA.

 

Miscanthus: Feedstock Production

NEWBio in West Virginia: “Giant Miscanthus: A Bioenergy Crop Profile for West Virginia”
Owen, Sarah Cross, S. Grushecky and J. Skousen.
2013. WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

NEWBio Energy Crop Profile: “Miscanthus Fact Sheet”
Jacobson, M.
2012. Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, University Park, PA.

 

Biofuels Processing

Introduction to Processing Feedstocks into Biofuels
Ciolkosz, D.
2016. Article.

 

Biomass Economics and Production Scenarios

BCAP Helps Commercialize Shrub Willow for Bioenergy in Northern New York
Volk, T. and S.J. Harlow.
2016. Article.

EcoWillow 2.0—Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Crops
Heavey, J. and T. A. Volk.
2014. Fact Sheet. Research Foundation for the State University of New York.

Willow Crop Production Scenarios Using EcoWillow 2.0
Heavey, J. and T. A. Volk.
2014. Fact Sheet. Research Foundation for the State University of New York.

Shrub Willow Budget for Biomass Production
Jacobson, M., et al.
2014. A Penn State Extension Renewable and Alternative Energy Fact Sheet.

Switchgrass Budget for Biomass Production
Jacobson, M. et al.
2014. A Penn State Extension and Renewable Energy Fact Sheet.

NEWBio in West Virginia: “Exploring New Opportunities for Sustainable Bioenergy Resources in the Mountain State”
Owen, Sarah Cross, S. Grushecky and J. Skousen.
2013. WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

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