An important element of a long-term project on the development of genetically improved cottonwood (Populus deltoides) clones for biomass production in the North Central Region of the U.S. is now in progress at the Horticulture Station in plots 11A and 11B. Most of the funding for this overall program came from the Biomass Feedstock Development Program of the USDOE until that program was canceled by the new administration in December 2001. With the loss of that funding, a summer field crew no longer was available to maintain studies for this project at the Moore, McNay, and Kanawha research farms as had been done in previous years. The convenience, availability of on-site help, and protection from deer browsing and rutting made the Horticulture Station a good place to consolidate the testing program beginning in the summer of 2002. Current, maintenance-level funding for the project comes from McIntyre/Stennis funds and the Agriculture Experiment Station Project 3905.
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Hall, Richard B., "Cottonwood Progeny Tests at the Horticulture Station" (2004). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 1334.