Species Selection for Woody Biomass Production

In the southeastern U.S., short-rotation woody crops are a significant part of a growing renewable energy supply. A USDA Forest Service study examines how growing different tree species for bioenergy may have impacts on water yield. “Loblolly pine has long been considered the go-to woody bioenergy species in the South,” says Peter Caldwell, research hydrologist…  More 

Effects of Elevated Carbon Dioxide on Sweetgum Bark

Carbon is the chemical foundation of all living things. Animals consume carbon indirectly – either by eating other animals or by eating plants. However, plants absorb carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide, or CO2), directly from the air. “The global atmospheric concentration of CO2 has been reported to have risen by 35 percent over…  More