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New lignin-splitting method inspired by nature

graphic depicting products derived from fossil fuels or biomass Replacing petroleum-based products with plant-based products hinges on using as much of plant matter as possible to minimize costs and waste. Gracielou Klinger and her colleagues at GLBRC look to nature for lessons on how to do this efficiently. Read more »

Discovery yields road map to oxygenated hydrocarbon production

Illustration depicting scientists putting together furan fatty acids in a cell membraneFuran fatty acids are heralded for their versatility as raw materials in bioenergy production. Now, a team of GLBRC collaborators at the UW–Madison have described a pathway for their production in bacteria and other cells.  Read more »

Kyle Kinney: Exploring microbial synthetic biology

As the Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellow exploring microbial synthetic biology, Kyle Kinney is working with Jason Peters and Tim Donohue at the University of Wisconsin–Madison to develop genetic and synthetic biology tools for several bioenergy-relevant bacteria. Read more »

Mauricio Tejera: Tracking carbon flux in switchgrass

As the Keegstra Bioenergy Fellow exploring carbon flux in switchgrass, Mauricio Tejera is working with Berkley Walker and Lisa Tiemann at MSU to investigate carbon partitioning shifts within switchgrass and the environment as an abiotic stress response. Read more »

Marco Mechan-Llontop: Exploring the sorghum microbiome

As the Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellow exploring the sorghum microbiome, Marco Mechan-Llontop is working with Ashley Shade at Michigan State University and John Mullet at Texas A&M to explore plant-microbe interactions in the sorghum phyllosphere (above ground) and rhizosphere (belowground). Read more »

Discovery informs strategy to boost production of biofuel-relevant sugars in plants

New research from the GLBRC shows that a common component of plant cell walls may not be as essential for plant growth and development as previously thought, suggesting new way to increase the content of biofuel-relevant sugars in crops. Read more »

Remembering Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Jennifer Reed

On July 5, 2020, Karen and William Monfre Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Jennifer Reed passed away at age 41 after a protracted struggle with cancer. Reed’s passing is a tragic loss for the university and devastating for the colleagues, students, friends and family members who loved and respected her. The open and collaborative way Reed conducted science helped lead to GLBRC’s long-term success. Read more »
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