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April 11-13: Forum considers environmental uses of trees

AHB-logo-100PORTLAND, Ore. – A national forum about using poplar and willow for water treatment, land reclamation, biofuel and other environmental purposes will be held in Portland, Ore., April 11-13. » More …

March 23: Field tour demonstrates poplar bioenergy potential

AHB-logo-100CLARKSBURG, Calif. – Join researchers in the field at the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB) Clarksburg 50-acre poplar demonstration site 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. The hybrid poplars will show their regrowth potential in their second growing season after initial harvest in fall 2014. » More …

New catalyst paves way for bio-based plastics, chemicals

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

catalyst-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products. » More …

Doctoral student receives national award for biofuels work

By Zahra Debbek, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Alyssa-HensleyPULLMAN, Wash. – Alyssa Hensley, who will graduate with a doctoral degree this month from Washington State University, recently received a national award so she could present her research about making biofuels more reliable. » More …

WSU Tri-Cities students learn to repurpose wine waste

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

mixing-compost-at-wine-centerRICHLAND, Wash. – Students in linked biology and chemistry courses worked with the Wine Science Center this semester to test “recipes” for composting wine pomace – the grape skins, stems and seeds left over from winemaking. The Washington State University Tri-Cities classes will assess and compare results in the next few weeks. » More …

New Paccar building houses five green-tech labs

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By Adrian MacDonald, LMN Architects

PULLMAN, Wash. – Wood-framed skyscrapers, resistant to fire and earthquakes and made from locally harvested wood, may someday dot the skylines of North American cities. A new building at Washington State University is already leading the charge. » More …

Discovery advances biowaste-to-jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel. » More …

Video: Poplars used to treat water, soil contamination

By Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension

poplarsEVERETT, Wash. – Poplar trees, known for their fast growth and versatility, are being used for recycling treated wastewater and cleaning contaminated soil.  » More …

Golf turf company grows, adjusts with free business advising

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

planet-turf-logoSPOKANE, Wash. – More than 500 new golf courses opened in the United States in 1999, the year agronomist/turf grass consultant Jim Connolly launched Planet Turf in Spokane, Wash. » More …

Seeking new sorghum, the ‘camel of crops,’ for biofuels

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

grant-writing-cousinsPULLMAN, Wash. – A trend of dry summers and low snowpack in coming years is expected to pose challenges for Washington farmers, especially those working marginal lands without access to ample irrigation. » More …