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Welcome to the GLBRC Photo Library. We invite you to explore a selection of images showcasing our researchers, lab and field work, education programs and other activities. For more GLBRC photos, visit our Flickr photostream or our Facebook page. Please note that all photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. If you can't find the images you are looking for, please contact communications@glbrc.wisc.edu.

Flickr photos from the album Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center 2013 by Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

July 28, 2011 - 9:30am - Tim Donohue is the GLBRC's Principal Investigator and Director, as well as a UW-Madison Professor of Bacteriology.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Tim Donohue
July 28, 2011 - 9:30am - Tim Donohue is the GLBRC's Principal Investigator and Director, as well as a UW-Madison Professor of Bacteriology.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Tim Donohue
July 12, 2012 - 11:01am - Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu visited the University of Wisconsin–Madison to speak to scientists and graduate students from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center on July 12, 2012. 

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu
July 12, 2012 - 11:13am - Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu (center) and University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) researcher Cameron Currie (right) listen to UW graduate student Gina Lewin describe her work with cellulose degrading microbes in the Microbial Sciences Building in Madison, Wis.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Secretary Chu discusses Microbes with GLBRC Researchers
April 17, 2012 - 1:08pm - Bruce Dale (left), Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center deconstruction lead, and Bobby Bringi, President and CEO of MBI International discuss how process design and strategic partnerships can help surmount some of the challenges surrounding the development of cellulosic biofuels.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Bruce Dale and Bobby Bringi
April 17, 2012 - 1:02pm - Bruce Dale (center), Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center deconstruction lead, and Bobby Bringi (right), President and CEO of MBI International discuss how process design and strategic partnerships can help surmount some of the challenges surrounding the development of cellulosic biofuels.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Bruce Dale and Bobby Bringi
April 16, 2012 - 2:15pm - Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) research associate Tongjun Liu, a postdoctoral researcher in David Hodge's lab at Michigan State University.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Tongjun Liu
July 02, 2012 - 1:23pm - GLBRC researcher Rebecca Garlock Ong demonstrates a biofuels reactor designed to produce ethanol at Michigan State University's Biomass Conversion Research Lab (BCRL).

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Biofuels Reactor
August 09, 2011 - 10:58am - Biochemistry professor and GLBRC project leader John Ralph and his team are working to create Zip-Lignin, a new technology to break apart one of the plant cell wall’s toughest compounds.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.John Ralph
December 05, 2012 - 1:44pm - James Dumesic (left), a GLBRC researcher and professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, talks with postdoctoral researchers David Martin Alonso (center) and Jeremy Luterbacher. 

Research in the Dumesic lab focuses on chemical engineering approaches to biomass conversion; this involves using combinations of heat, chemical catalysts, and solvents to process biomass into fuels as well as intermediate chemicals used to manufacture a variety of everyday products.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Science in Progress
July 28, 2011 - 11:46am - Dana Wohlbach, a postdoctoral researcher at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW-Madison, led research that identified several new genes that improve yeast's ability to use xylose, a five-carbon sugar that can make up nearly half of available plant sugars. If researchers can coax yeast into using most of these sugars, they can improve the efficiency of producing renewable fuels from biomass crops like corn stover or switchgrass.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRCDana Wohlbach
May 13, 2010 - 10:22am - Tim Durrett, visiting research associate checks on an arabidopsis plant in a growth chamber in the Plant Biology building on Thursday May 13, 2010. 

Photo by G.L. Kohuth. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Timothy Durrett, MSU plant biology research associate
August 31, 2011 - 12:33pm - Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher Brian Pfleger examines a plate of E. coli in his lab at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Brian Pfleger
April 17, 2012 - 8:03am - Jonathan Walton, a professor in Michigan State University's department of plant biology, demonstrates a machine called GENPLAT that automatically pipettes enzyme samples into test tubes in large quantities.

In order to deconstruct cellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars, scientists rely on 'cocktails,' or custom mixtures of enzymes, which can break down the polymers that compose various plant tissues. Creating effective enzyme mixtures can involve a lot of trial and error, and GLBRC equipment like GENPLAT saves scientists a lot of time and effort, helping to develop biofuel technologies more efficiently. 

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Jonathan Walton
June 07, 2012 - 4:31pm - At GLBRC, engineers and enzymologists are collaborating to design new ways of deconstructing plant biomass into its component sugars. Alkaline pretreatment strategies like AFEX™ are successful at loosening the tightly-packed cell wall components to increase access for enzymes, that further break down cellulose into simple sugars.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Deconstruction Graphic
July 11, 2011 - 3:04pm - A plot of switchgrass grows in the Great Lake Bioenergy Research Center's fields at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station in Arlington, WI.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Switchgrass plot
July 11, 2011 - 3:45pm - A poplar tree growing in the Great Lake Bioenergy Research Center's fields at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station in Arlington, WI.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Poplar Plot - Arlington Agricultural Research Station
April 17, 2012 - 7:02am - Corn stover is a term used to describe the leaves, stalks, and other parts of the corn plant excluding the ears and kernels. Corn stover is an important cellulosic biofuel feedstock, shown here ground up and ready for processing to ethanol.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Corn Stover
April 16, 2012 - 2:26pm - Here is some switchgrass, another common biofuel feedstock, which has been finely ground and pretreated in preparation for processing to ethanol. 

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Switchgrass
April 17, 2012 - 11:21am - Here you can see what natural switchgrass looks like (left) compared to switchgrass that has been pretreated with AFEX™ technology. Note the much darker color of the pretreated biomass--this is caused by lignin deposition.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Switchgrass Comparison
April 17, 2012 - 11:25am - AFEX™ is a biomass pretreatment process developed by GLBRC researchers at Michigan State University. An interesting aspect of this process is that plant material that has been AFEX™ -pretreated can be pressed into pellets that make excellent food for farm animals.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.AFEX™ pellet
April 17, 2012 - 11:27am - This beaker contains switchgrass that has been pretreated and hydrolyzed to prepare it for fermentation to ethanol.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Switchgrass slurry
April 17, 2012 - 11:24am - This beaker contains pure ethanol generated from cellulosic plant material.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.100% ethanol
April 17, 2012 - 11:23am - In this image you can see the ground-up plant material as it is slowly broken down by enzymes. Once it has been turned into a slurry, microbes can access simple sugars to ferment them to ethanol.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Enzymatic Hydrolysis
March 27, 2013 - 12:05pm - This map depicts the member institutions that have contributed to the success of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center since its establishment in 2007. 

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.GLBRC Members
July 18, 2010 - 11:23pm - Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) plants researcher Natalia de Leon explains corn fertilization techniques to Jeanine Gelhaus, a participant in GLBRC's Research Experience for Teachers program, at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Research Experience for Teachers
September 18, 2012 - 2:35pm - Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery researchers test a new computer game developed in collaboration with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). The multiplayer game allows users to take on the role of a farmer who must make decisions about growing and selling biofuel crops against environmental and market constraints.

Photo by Celia Luterbacher, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Biofuels Farming Computer Game
October 04, 2010 - 1:08pm - In a course offered by GLBRC's Education & Outreach program, University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate students work on a lab that involves the monitoring of  CO2 release from soils in relationship to biofuel crops.

Photo by John Greenler, GLBRC Education & Outreach. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.FIG Students in the Lab
September 23, 2011 - 9:46am - Stacy Banks (left), Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), and Falicia Hines (right), Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI), help students learn about fermentation during a demonstration at the Wisconsin Science Festival  at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison, Wis. on September 23, 2011.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed  under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Wisconsin Science Festival
June 21, 2011 - 12:10pm - Joe Meyer and Sharon Puttmann Hanion. Joe participated in the GLBRC's Research Experience for Teachers program, and Sharon was a participant in the Bioenergy Institute for Educators, both in 2011.

Photo by Matthew Wisniewski, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.Educators gain real world research experience
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