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    Author(s): Ronald S. Zalesny; Richard B. Hall; Jill A. Zalesny; Bernard G. McMahon; William E. Berguson; Glen R. Stanosz
    Date: 2009
    Source: BioEnergy Research
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Using Populus feedstocks for biofuels, bioenergy, and bioproducts is becoming economically feasible as global fossil fuel prices increase. Maximizing Populus biomass production across regional landscapes largely depends on understanding genotype × environment interactions, given broad genetic variation at strategic (genomic group) and operational (clone) levels. A regional network of Populus field tests was established in the Midwest USA in 1995, 1997, and 2000 to assess relative productivity of 187 clones grown at Westport, Minnesota; Waseca, Minnesota (only 2000); Arlington, Wisconsin; and Ames, Iowa. We evaluated biomass potential throughout plantation development and identified clones with yield substantially greater than commercial controls (Eugenei, NM6).

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    Zalesny, Ronald S.; Hall, Richard B.; Zalesny, Jill A.; McMahon, Bernard G.; Berguson, William E.; Stanosz, Glen R. 2009. Biomass and Genotype × Environment Interactions of Populus Energy Crops in the Midwestern United States. BioEnergy Research. 2(3): 106-122.


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