NARA researcher J.Y. Zhu and his team are trying to solve a problem. They are refining a pretreatment method used to soften the wood and allow the simple sugars to be released. It is the simple sugars that are used to make alcohols, which are the building blocks …more
One of the five NARA project goals is to increase bioenergy literacy among students, educators, professionals and the general public. For students and educators, NARA funds and participates in a number of programs targeted to K-12 and higher education students.
For a listing of the student education opportunities provided by NARA, view here.
Developing and distributing curricula that translates NARA research to middle …more
Transporting the forest residues located in slash piles out of the woods requires vehicles and equipment to roll and vibrate over bare ground. This activity can cause soil compaction and disturbance, which can lead to adverse soil erosion and limit plant growth.
Numerous studies and harvesting policies have been initiated to lessen the impact of soil compaction and are …more
NARA is an alliance of academic institutions, government labs and industry and is funded by USDA-NIFA. Oregon State University (OSU) is part of the alliance. When NARA started, OSU was projected to receive nearly $5 million for their research contributions. NARA researchers from OSU are primarily tasked with finding solutions to feedstock development and logistical challenges.