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Larry-Yellowstone- editLarry Smart
 is a Professor 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 at CALS.

eric_fabiox willowpediaEric Fabio
is a Ph.D. candidate of Horticulture 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 Ph.D. candidate of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, NYSAES in Geneva, NY. His research focuses on the genetics and genomics of hybrid vigor in shrub willow. Utilizing RNA-Seq, his primary goal is to correlate modules of gene expression with traits important for biofuel production within and among diverse hybrid pedigrees. This work will complement the growing genomics resources and predictive tools to aid the improvement of hybrid shrub willow bioenergy crops. He is also involved in linkage mapping, genome assembly, polyploidy, and sex determination in Salix spp. Contact Craig by email.


Dustin Wilkerson is a PhD candidate 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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