umu logotyp ENLTU eng blue slu logo rgb web RISE logo

Bio4Energy Forest-based Feedstock

  • Bio4Energy Forest-based Feedstock

    feedstock_600Forest growth has been seen as a northern resource as it is plentiful in several Scandinavian countries. On the Bio4Energy platform for feedstock research, scientists attempt to understand what trees are made of and, where appropriate, to modify their characteristics so that trees can be designed for use for a specific purpose, such as for making biofuels, "green" chemicals or bio-based materials.Photo used with permission.
    The research in Bio4Energy Forest-based Feedstock aims at:
    • Increasing the quantity and quality of plant biomass sourced from forests and;
    • Developing efficient processes for conversion of biomass to valuable products and energy.

    Platform leader is Professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., taking over from Senior Lecturer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 31 January 2021. Both researchers are affiliated with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and carry out much of their work at the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). 

    Said Niittylä of the platform Bio4Energy Feedstock: "The overarching goal of the feedstock platform is to increase biomass accumulation per hectare and make the biomass better suited for biorefinery processing. The Bio4Energy Feedstock platform investigates the molecular controls of quantity and quality of wood, the environmental and management practices that govern these, develops analytical tools for wood characterisation and carries out field trials with transgenic trees. We can provide expertise in cellular and organismal growth control, biomass allocation to harvestable parts of the trees, characterisation of wood and fiber properties, quantitative tree genetics and establishment of tree plantations".

    The following researchers are part of Bio4Energy Forest-based Feedstock:

    UmU/UPSC, Umeå, Sweden Phone Office location
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    +46 90 786 6744
    +31 30 253 3132
    UmU KBC/UPSC: KB4C7

    -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 9604 UmU KBC/UPSC
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   UmU
    Sara Häggström    
    Nathaniel Street   UmU
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   UmU
    Benedicte Albrechtsen   UmU KBC/UPSC
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 72 203 3209 Affiliation with Stockhom University
    since November 2015
         
    SLU/UPSC, Umeå, Sweden    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 70 692 7143 SLU KBC/UPSC: KB.K6
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   SLU
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 8434 UmU KBC/UPSC: KB5C5
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 8458 UmU KBC/UPSC
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 8367 UmU KBC/UPSC: B6-42-45
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   UmU KBC/UPSC: B6-38-45
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    Madhusree Mitra    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 8435 UmU KBC/UPSC KB5C7
    - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    Jannatul Ferdous    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 90 786 8413 SLU KBC/UPSC
    Mathieu Tiret    
    Sonali S. Ranade    
    Francisco Gil Muñoz    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   SLU KBC/UPSC
    Zhiqiang Chen    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    SLU KBC/UPSC

    Özer Erguvan    
    Abu Imran Baba    
    Léa Bogdziewiez    
    Elsa Demes    
    Asal Atakhani    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    SLU Alnarp (Southern Sweden)
    Research Institutes of Sweden
    RISE Bioeconomy/Biorefining
    & Biobased Materials
    (R&D consultants)
      Vejdes plats 3, SE-352 52 Växjö, SE
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 10 516 62 26   
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 76 876 7151  
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 8 676 7289  
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    



     

     




     associate professor

  • Bio4Enery Going Strong: New Scientists, Collaborations

    Collage 170622Bio4Energy researchers and advanced students met at Umeå, Sweden, 16 June. Photos by Anna Strom ©2022. Bio4Energy scientists and advanced students met at Umeå, Sweden, ready to form new research collaborations. 

    Bio4Energy's most recent platform leader, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., opened up for collaboration with Environment and Nutrient Recycling; and with his team presenting new lines of research.

    New Bio4Energy researchers, bringing the membership count to 225, took the stage; pitching and matching.

    The research environment is stronger than ever, taking its collaborations, as well as own education and training to new levels.

    Moreover, expect news in terms of Bio4Energy's outreach and online presence to follow in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

  • Large Project on Integration of UN SDGs in Forest Management to Target Genetic Tree Breeding

    MixedForest AnnaStrom2022Researchers are starting a project to integrate SDG goals in forest management practices and advocating considering tree breeding as a tool in the adaptation to climate change. Photo by Anna Strom ©2022.An encompassing project is about to kick off with the aim to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in forest management and climate change adaptation in the boreal belt traversing Scandinavia and Latvia. The state-run Sweden's Innovation Agency Vinnova is set to fund the effort. 

    The three-year project, the Swedish part of which is led by a Bio4Energy scientist, will investigate genetic tree breeding as a means to increase growth and resistance to pests and altered weather conditions of coniferous trees, while also exploring the avenue of mixing in broad-leaved trees in boreal forest plantations as a way of increasing the resilience of the forest ecosystem.

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  is coordinating the effort involving national research agencies in Norway, Finland, Latvia and the Bio4Energy partner Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), as well as a cross-sectoral organisation representing the value chain of forest products, headed up from Norway.

    The volume growth of trees may be increased by one fifth, according to the research proposal, using advanced genetic tree breeding methods. This will also shorten the trees' growth period to maturity, thus shortening the time between plantation and harvesting.

    “The analyses [currently available] assessing sustainability goals have not acknowledged the impact of tree breeding and different regeneration methods on growth and resilience of forests and the quality of wood produced”, the proposal says;

    “Effects of climate change on forests can be mitigated by tree breeding and optimal deployment, if most crucial changes in climate can be predicted and the genetic basis of adaptation to climate understood”.

  • Newly Discovered Compounds in Trees Carry Promise as High Value-added Products

    Bio4EnergyBurningCandle Anna Strom2021 400pxBio4Energy scientists say that newly discovered lipophilic compounds in wood, once better understood, could be turned into organic wax for making candles, cosmetics or even anti-inflammatory drugs. Photo by Anna Strom©2021. researchers have found a set of compounds in the wood of trees that have “apparently been overlooked” until now, and which the scientists believe could find use as organic wax in cosmetics, candles or as agents in anti-inflammatory drugs. Not only this, but the discovery and mapping of these fat-loving substances might inform the pulp and paper industry on how to avoid problems with clogging of machinery in biorefineries.

    The discovery by scientists at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), was unveiled last week as the prestigious Swedish Research Council announced it would fund a three-year effort to lay bare ways in which these lipophilic compounds, found in the cell walls of trees, behave and interact with other components of the wood and how to extract them.

    In fact, the research team led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on Bio4Energy Forest-based Feedstock, will start from the contention that the newly discovered compounds are similar to an already known waxy substance mainly found in the cell walls of cork, called suberin.

    “These novel compounds are partially insoluble and partially contained within the extractives—the compounds that can reach ten per cent of wood dry weight”, professor Mellerowicz explained in an e-mail message to Bio4Energy Communications.

  • Young Scientist Talks Show Bio4Energy Research Going Strong

    About 50 Bio4Energy scientists met at Skellefteå, Sweden this week to trade notes on research and gear up for a possible extension of the mandate of the research environment from 1 January 2023.

    Presentations by young researchers across the research and development (R&D) platforms, bear witness that Bio4Energy keeps delivering knowledge and applications at the forefront of biorefinery science.

    As a service to our readers and followers, we publish their presentations for download, below.

    GSDR-EW_Bio4Energy2021
    HW-GSDR-ChB_Bio4Energy2021
    MP-FG-SJ_Bio4Energy2021
    RES-Meet-021221_Bio4Energy2021
    1/4 
    start stop bwd fwd