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Driven by the challenges of rural development, energy independence and environmental sustainability, research on willow biomass crops for renewable energy and environmental applications has been ongoing at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) since 1986. SUNY-ESF has teamed up with more than 20 universities, commercial partners and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada to conduct research and facilitate the commercialization of willow biomass crops.


Support for shrub willow research and development has been provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Department of Energy (USDOE), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR), and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)