Emily Heaton

Associate Professor of Agronomy
Extension Biomass Crop Specialist
Emily Heaton, biomass crop agronomy

Agricultural landscapes face increasing pressure to provide the four F's: food, feed, fiber and fuel, while simultaneously maintaining the ecosystem functions that support life as we know it. Done prudently, dedicated biomass crops can provide feedstock for bioenergy and bioproducts while also enhancing the natural resource base.

The Biomass Crop Production and Physiology Lab, led by Dr. Emily Heaton, aims to understand the growth and productivity of dedicated biomass crops in the Midwest, and how they can be managed to provide multiple ecosystem services.

Area of Expertise: 
Grass crops
Perennial crop management
B.S., Crop Science, University of Illinois, 2001
Ph.D., Crop Science, University of Illinois, 2006