12. Development and Deployment of Willow Biomass Crops

  1. Douglas L. Karlen
  1. Timothy A. Volk1,
  2. L.P. Abrahamson1,
  3. T. Buchholz2,
  4. J. Caputo1 and
  5. M. Eisenbies1

Published Online: 1 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676332.ch12

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems

How to Cite

Volk, T. A., Abrahamson, L.P., Buchholz, T., Caputo, J. and Eisenbies, M. (2014) Development and Deployment of Willow Biomass Crops, in Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems (ed D. L. Karlen), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118676332.ch12

Author Information

  1. 1

    College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, U.S.A.

  2. 2

    Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, and Spatial Informatics Group, LLC, U.S.A.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 13 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119991946

Online ISBN: 9781118676332



  • bioenergy;
  • biofuel;
  • shrub willows;
  • willow biomass crops


Interest in shrub willows as a perennial energy crop for production of biomass has developed in Europe and North America over the past few decades because of concerns with energy security, environmental impact associated with the current mix of fossil fuels, and economic challenges in rural areas. When deployed properly across the landscape, willow biomass crops can provide multiple benefits, while providing a locally grown source of biomass that can be converted into a range of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts. This chapter discusses shrub willow characteristics, and production systems and economics for willow biomass crops. It also discusses environmental and rural development benefits of willow biomass crops, and commercial development of these crops.