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AHB Newsletter – Volume 6, No. 4 [Winter 2018]

Editor’s Notes

It is unbelievable that 2017 is already over. Time flies when you’re working with poplar! The year was filled with exciting events, research, and publications for AHB affiliates. Let’s take a trip and check out some of what’s been going on this year…

Get a closer look at the microbe communities living inside poplar trees and see how they help trees survive heavy duty pollutants.

Go on a photo tour of the Bioenergy Carnival hosted by the AHB Extension team.

Follow the biomass harvest shipments to their various destinations and learn about what’s being done with all those poplar chips.

Glimpse into the minds of bioenergy experts as they help shape bioenergy education for future generations.

Here at Extension, we’re looking forward to seeing all the years of hard work come to fruition as data is analyzed, results are interpreted, and papers are published!


A sample of inoculated poplar on day 1 and day 19 compared with a pictures of uninoculated poplar on day 1 and day 19.

Poplars, Pollutants, and Itty Bitty Microbes

Dr. Sharon Doty’s lab at the University of Washington has been experimenting with improving the use of plants to clean up, or remediate, polluted sites.

Two women lean towards the demonstration meter as Tatiana turns on the CFL lightbulb.

Bioenergy Carnival Provides Latino Families with Interactive Energy Lessons

The AHB Extension team held a Bioenergy Carnival on November 5th at the Snohomish County Extension Office in Everett, WA. Seventy-five people, including volunteers and hosts, joined us for the carnival, and it was fun and educational for all.

Wood chips

The Devil is in the Details: Understanding Poplar’s True Potential as an Energy Feedstock through Biomass Studies

Following the harvest of the hybrid poplar demonstration farms at Jefferson, Oregon and Hayden, Idaho, GreenWood Resources sent sizable biomass samples to several laboratories for analyses and chemical characterizations.

The cover of a brochure describing the bioenergy minor program. White text over a picture of a male student working on a project. The text reads: Bioenergy Minor: Program Graduates Research & Jobs.

Predicting the needs of a bioeconomy: Building a bioenergy curriculum using the Delphi Method

OSU graduate students, Kimi Grzyb and Brian Hartman, working with the Bioenergy Education Initiative, assembled a panel of bioenergy experts from across the country to meet the challenge of educating workers to become part of a thriving bioeconomy.

Washington State University