To identify potential environmental impacts of poplar biofuel feedstock cropping system, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is monitoring a number of soil quality and environmental parameters. Studies include soil organic matter, biological activity, physical structure, and chemical balance as well as net carbon loss, soil erosion, greenhouse gas emissions, and nutrient leaching.
In this webinar, researchers from the University of Idaho present approaches and initial findings from three sets of environmental impact measurements: nutrient leaching, greenhouse gas fluxes, and soil biology.
Impacts of growing poplar as a short-rotation bioenergy crop are measured in comparison to adjacent fields growing food or forage crops in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Initial results indicate that environmental impacts of poplar coppice culture are minimal. However, monitoring of shifts in organic matter and changes in physiochemical responses over the next three years will provide a more complete assessment including critical evaluation of inter-annual variation.
When: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:00 – 11:00 am PST
Who should attend: Extension educators, potential landowners/growers, environmental scientists and professionals, ag and natural resource professionals, poplar and bioenergy researchers, and biomass producers.
Presenters: Mark Coleman, Bhanu Bhattarai, and Brian Bell from the University of Idaho
Sponsored by: Washington State University with funding
from Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grant no.
2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
How to access the webinar:
Please register for this webinar at http://breeze.wsu.edu/e75cfwe3ukm/event/registration.html
This webinar is part of the Hardwood Biofuels Webinar Series. Find the
series including archived presentations online at: http://hardwoodbiofuels.org/webinars/
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