SEES Fellows: The Role of Plant Endophytes in the Sustainable Production of Bioenergy
The proposed work will investigate the potential that application of plant endophytes to cottonwood trees can help to protect the trees from a major rust pathogen (Melampsora) in biofuel plantations in the Pacific Northwest.
The aim of studies like that supported in this award is to develop sustainable agricultural methods for biofuel production.
Dr. Busby will be working with collaborators Prof. George Newcombe of the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho and Dr. Brian Stanton at "Greenwood Resources," and additional collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Luc Hoffmann Institute (Switzerland) and the Yakama Nation Wildlife Resource Management Program. Dr. Busby will also be working with graduate and undergraduate students in this project, including students from underrepresented groups.