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Larry-Yellowstone- editLarry Smart
 is a Professor and Program Leader of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the Horticulture Section, Cornell University, at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, NY.  He is a plant geneticist and physiologist who directs the largest shrub willow breeding program in North America established in 1998 at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse and moved to Cornell in 2009. The work in Larry’s lab is focused on developing and testing new willow varieties that produce high yields on marginal land for bioenergy, as well as studying the basic genetic mechanisms that determine variation and regulation of traits important for bioenergy and biofuels production. Contact Larry by email or visit his profile.

eric_fabiox willowpediaEric Fabio
is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Horticulture Section at Cornell University. His research interests are focused on understanding the interactions between environmental and physiological factors influencing shrub willow biomass production and yield. This work aims to improve the current knowledge of constraints to willow yield on marginal land and to aid in the selection of cultivars developed specifically for conditions in the Northeastern U.S. Ultimately a set of guidelines and recommendations will be developed that aid willow growers in achieving yield goals, while improving the sustainability of willow production. Contact Eric by email.


Phenotyping in the greenhouseCraig Carlson is a PhD candidate of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. His research focuses on the genetics and genomics of hybrid vigor in shrub willow (Salix) bioenergy crops. Utilizing Next-Gen Sequencing, the aim is to correlate modules of co-expressed genes to traits important for biofuel production in diverse pedigrees. This research will add to the growing genomic resources and predictive tools to aid in the improvement of shrub willow bioenergy crops. His other research projects include: linkage mapping, phenomics, polyploidy, genome assembly and annotation, and the evolution of dioecy in the Salicaceae. Contact Craig by email.

Dustin Wilkerson is a PhD student of Plant Breeding in the Horticulture Section at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. His primary research focuses on the genetic characterization of pest and disease resistance traits in common parent shrub willow mapping populations. Contact Dustin by email.





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