Poplars and Willows: Cultivation, Applications and Environmental Benefits


Madeline V. Desmond (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: NAT034000

Different species of the genus Populus, also known as poplars, are of great economic importance as major sources of timber, pulp and fiber. Salix species, or willows, have become very important sources of biomass for bioenergy. Both are characterized by their fast-growing trees, being asexually propagated, and having several species growing in riparian areas prone to flooding. This book studies the cultivation, applications and environmental benefits of poplars and willows.

The first chapter begins with a review of the ecological importance and sustainable development of poplar forests in NE China and possible influences on soil properties. Chapter two reviews the properties and practical purposes of willows. Chapter three outlines an experimental project for growing, harvesting, and utilizing willow trees in Japan. Chapter four studies the responses of poplars and willows during flooding. The last chapter examines the application of organic wastes from industry and municipalities at short-rotation willow and poplar plantations.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii-xi

Chapter 1
Poplar Forests in NE China and Possible Influences on Soil Properties: Ecological Importance and Sustainable Development
(Wu Yan, Wang Wen-Jie, Key Laboratory of Forest Plant Ecology, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China, and others)
pp. 1-28

Chapter 2
Salix: Properties and Practical Purposes
(Piotr Goliñski, Paweł Rutkowski, Bogusława Waliszewska, Mariusz Stolarski, Grzegorz Czapiewski, Kinga Szentner, Monika G¹secka, Zuzanna Magdziak, and Miros³aw Mleczek, University of Life Sciences in Poznan, Department of Chemistry, Poznañ, Poland, and others)
pp. 29-74

Chapter 3
An Experimental Project for Growing, Harvesting, and Utilizing Willow Trees Aimed at Short Rotation Forestry in Japan
(Takuyuki Yoshioka, College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University, Japan)
pp. 75-102

Chapter 4
Poplars and Willows Responses to Flooding Stress
(María Emilia Rodríguez and Virginia M. C. Luquez, Instituto de Fisiología Vegetal (INFIVE), CONICET – FCAyF UNLP, La Plata, Argentina)
pp. 103-130

Chapter 5
Application of Organic Wastes from Industry and Municipalities at Short-Rotation Willow and Poplar Plantations
(Andrzej Klasa, Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Environmental Protection, Warmia and Mazury University in Olsztyn, Olsztyn, Poland)
pp. 131-164

pp. 165-176


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