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Research Spotlight

June 21, 2017

Sometimes, when a science experiment doesn’t work out, unexpected opportunities open up. That’s what Yang Yang and the Benning lab have found in their latest work on sustainable biofuels.

When they tried to...

David Peris

Research Spotlight

June 14, 2017

In the world of biofuels research, the baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae gets a lot of love, with scientists commonly tweaking the yeast’s fermentative qualities to enhance ethanol production. Researchers at...

Press Release

June 07, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit?

Tiny bits of...


Media Coverage

June 07, 2017

MADISON - Winter is no time to flower, which is why so many plants have evolved the ability to wait for the snow to melt...

Plant Studied

Media Coverage

June 07, 2017

Researchers have identified the gene that keeps grasses from entering their flowering cycle until the right time, which could help plant breeders and engineers get more from food and energy...

Waiting through a cold season to flower weighs heavily on the amount of biomass a plant accumulates. The Brachypodium grass on the right holds out through winter before beginning vernalization and flower production. The plant on the left flowers without vernalization, and does less work to establish roots and leaves.

Press Release

June 05, 2017

Winter is no time to flower, which is why so many plants have evolved the ability to wait for the snow to melt before investing precious resources in blooms.


Media Coverage

June 02, 2017

In Wisconsin, James Dumesic and his cohort of biomagicians revealed that they have trained up gamma valerolactone (GVL) into a solvent that converts biomass into three viable products, in one step...

Media Coverage

May 24, 2017

In the 10 years since the U.S. DOE established three bioenergy research centers with the goal of using science to help America grow its way to energy independence, the amount...


Research Spotlight

May 23, 2017

If you want to create sustainable biofuels from less and for less, you’ve got a range of options. And one of those options is to go microbial, enlisting the help...

Dumesic Lab

Press Release

May 19, 2017

Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with a petroleum-based...

Media Coverage

May 17, 2017

How healthy a plant matures depends on how well it grows during its early life stages, which is not a surprise to anyone who has raised children.

In the face...