For a number of years, our research team has been interested in short rotation intensive culture (SRIC) of willow for energetic and environmental applications. Our current research projects seek to increase our knowledge about the impact of plantation site characteristics, clones used and various treatments applied (such as the fertilization schedule and coppicing frequency) on plantation yields.
More specifically, these studies aim to:
- Test the performance of willow clones (both exotic and native species) in different regions of Quebec, and identify those that seem to perform best.
- Evaluate the environmental risks and long term impact of the application of sludge from wastewater treatment plants as fertilizer.
- Evaluate the quantity and allocation of sequestered carbon in above- and below-ground biomass, and in soil.
- Identify the insects and diseases affecting plantations and determine possible suppression methods.
- Document the evolution of plantations established several years ago, in order to evaluate yield and performance after several harvesting cycles.
These research projects are funded by the Program of Energy Research and Development (PERD) and by the Technology and Innovation Research and Development Initiative of the Canadian Biomass Innovation Network.