Working Party meeting, 18th-20th May 2006, Northern Ireland

The second meeting of the Environmental Applications of Poplar and Willow Working party was held in Northern Ireland. Our thanks go to our hosts, John Gilliland, Michael Doran and the rest of the team at Rural Generation and to Alistair McCracken and Linda Walsh from the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute. We would also like to thank those who hosted sites visits and gave their time to talk about their activities.

Many interesting papers were presented to the meeting and their authors have provided one page summaries, which may be accessed below. The site visit notes provide a summary of the field tour, with the exception of the visit to the ABFI at Loughgall, the notes from which are too extensive to include here.

We were also very please to receive funding from the UK Poplar Forum to enable us to part-fund four young scientists to take part in the meeting. These four were asked to write a 2000 word paper for the meeting and the full text of these papers can also be found below.

<center>Participants viewing a resprouting willow crop which had just been injected with biosolids dewatered to 25%dm</center><center>Delegates touring the field trials at ABFI Loughgall</center>Site visit notes

Presentation summaries

Developing a willow SRC system to phytoextract heavy metals from biosolids at Melbourne Water's Western Treatment Plant; Scott Laidlaw, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Metal mobility and carbon sequestration within brownfield SRC stands; Nick Dickinson, John Moores Liverpool University, UK.

Phytoremediation of a highly creosote-contaminated soil by means of Salix viminalis; Mauritz Ramstedt, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Poplar and willow to manage trace element fluxes in productive systems; Brett Robinson, Institute for Terrestrial Ecology, Zurich, Switzerland.

Can changes in the bioavailability of soil metals be used to assess the success of phytoremediation?; Ian Pulford, Department of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, UK.

Introduction to collective research project BIOPROS; Katrin Heinsoo, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia.

Purpose and activities of the BIOREGEN project; Richard Lord, University of Teesside, UK.

Screening and selection of willow clones for growth on Solvay process waste; Larry Smart, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA.

Sponsored papers

Phytoextraction of Cd and Zn using poplar and willow; Maria Noel Dos Santos Utmazian University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

Hydroponic screening of willow varieties for arsenic uptake; Jason Purdy, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA.

An analysis of NO3, NH4 & E.coli NAR in tile drain effluent from mixed poplar-based intercropping & mono-cropped winter wheat; Naresh Thevathasan, University of Guelph, Canada.

Investigating potential of some poplar (Populus sp.) clones for phytoremediation of nitrates through biomass production;; Andrej Pilipovic, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro.

Business meeting minutes

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