A holistic approach to sustaining a forest
and its bioproducts market
Refining the Forest-]
Efficiently extracting hemicellulose
is key in forest biorefining.
UMaine's new $10.35 million forest
biorefinery research program will build infrastructure to enable Maine's
private sector to build an integrated forest biorefinery.
The forest bioproducts research will immediately create more than 40
jobs. The research will lead to new technology that will be commercially
licensed or will be spun-off into companies, providing jobs in science
The research will augment the state's forest products industry. Paper
mills can add new, higher-valued product lines while maintaining current
operations. Landowners will see increased demand for their product and a
new market for low- and poor-quality trees.
In its holistic approach, the project will be performed by researchers
in such disciplines as science, engineering, economics and forestry.
UMaine also will partner with those involved in the forest products
industry, including landowners, mill operators and other commercial
ventures created by new technology. UMaine will collaborate with other
colleges and universities in the state, creating new research and
educational opportunities for these schools' faculty and students.