Relieving two headaches with one process

With a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at GLBRC have found a way to relieve two headaches at once. Read more »

The inner workings of microbial metabolism

Among a cadre of scientists looking at the biological underpinnings of metabolism, Daniel Amador-Noguez knows firsthand the links between the fuel that makes our bodies go and the biofuels that propel our machines. Because he studies both. Read more »

Scientists mimic natural decay to break down plant material for biofuel production

Inspired by bacteria’s role in natural plant decay, researchers at GLBRC and Michigan State University have mimicked a bacterial pathway to break down the toughest parts of a plant in preparation for biofuel processing. Read more »

Switchgrass hybrid yields insights into plant evolution

Requiring less fertilizer than typical annual crops like corn, switchgrass can keep more nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon in the soil and out of our air and waterways. But, unlike corn, breeding of switchgrass for optimal traits is still in its early stages. Read more »

Undergraduates participate in bioenergy research at GLBRC

Each year, GLBRC hosts a group of undergraduate students to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, designed to immerse students in research. Read more »

Chemical catalysis pioneer James Dumesic wins international
energy prize

Prolific biofuels researcher James Dumesic has been named the winner of the 2019 Eni Energy Transition Award. Read more »

Core leaf-bound microbes identified for two key bioenergy crops

Stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits make up the biggest chunk of potential living space for microbes in the environment, but ecologists still don’t know a lot about how the microorganisms that reside there establish and maintain themselves over the course of a growing season. Read more »
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