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This project leverages and strategically utilizes available resources and geographical advantages in the Mid-Atlantic region to facilitate expansion of the bioeconomy. These existing resources include over 10 million acres of mined and marginal agricultural lands that can be reclaimed and used to produce biomass crops seasonally without occupying or competing with food crops for existing cultivated area. Additionally, more than 8 million dry tons of forest residues are produced annually in the region, and will be the foundation to create a multi-feedstock biomass supply chain of blended residues and biomass crops to maintain continuity of the feedstock supply throughout the year. 


The ultimate goal of this project is to deliver a sustainable and economically feasible biomass for value-added products system in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. through implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass Consortium (MASBio). 

willow biomass growing in the field

Feedstocks Production

Identify and demonstrate feasible and cost-effective approaches to soil amendment and feedstock production.

willow harvest using two-path harvesting system

Harvest and Logistics

Demonstrate efficient and effective harvest and logistics strategies for an optimized supply chain.

mathematical model simulation


Develop and optimize bioproduct conversion processes through collaborations with industry partners.

sustainable development of biomass utilization


Evaluate the sustainability and human dimensions of the developed system.

scaled-up plant of biomass utilization

System and Scale-up

Conduct system and scale-up analyses using robust artificial intelligence (AI)-based data analytics.

Students in field trip to reclamation land


Engage the next generation of bioproducts leaders through education and internship programs.

a visit to local plant


Outreach and engage with entrepreneurs, stakeholders and business developers to promote bioeconomic development through integrated outreach programs.