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Marginal Lands are Prime Fuel Source for Alternative Energy

Press Release

January 16, 2013

Marginal lands ­– those unsuited for food crops – can serve as prime real estate for meeting the nation’s alternative energy production goals.

In the current issue of Nature, a...

RET participant Travis Tangen describes his lab protocol to teachers at the 2012 Bioenergy Institute for Educators.

Research Spotlight

October 23, 2012

During the summer of 2012, our Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program expanded to include collaborations between researchers and teachers both at UW-Madison and Michigan State University. We had four...

Players plan their next moves in a demonstration of the biofuels farming computer game at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Photo by Celia Luterbacher, GLBRC. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Research Spotlight

September 15, 2012

In most college classes, students are quizzed with questions and the professors already know the answer. But CS 699, a special topics course in Computer Science at the University of...

Research Spotlight

September 13, 2012

Yaoping Zhang is the senior scientist in the Experimental Fermentation Lab of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), where he studies microbes and the fermentation of biomass. He has...

Research Spotlight

September 13, 2012

On September 26, 2012, we hosted #LabChat Q&A: Biofuels of the Future with @ENERGY. The #LabChat features @GLBRC project leader Brian Pfleger, whose research focuses on synthetic biology and metabolic...

Ask an Expert

June 26, 2012

Brian Pfleger

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher and University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Brian Pfleger explains what a "next generation biofuel" is....

Bruce Dale (left), head of Michigan State University’s Biomass Conversion Research Laboratory, and Bobby Bringi (right), CEO of MBI. Photo credit: Matt Wisniewski, GLBRC.

Research Spotlight

June 15, 2012

Developing technologies to produce biofuels is a little like bargain hunting: the goal is to come up with a valuable product for a competitive price. To prepare these technologies for...

Ask an Expert

June 12, 2012

Kate Helmich

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center research assistant Kate Helmich explains what an enzyme is.

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The climate at the Kamchatka Peninsula is influenced by volcanic activity, and geysers and hot springs create a unique habitat for thermo-tolerant bacteria. Photo by MOBmole via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Research Spotlight

June 01, 2012

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is marking the arrival of summer with a milestone: the first patent issued on GLBRC technology. The patent protects...

GLBRC Sustainability researchers have identified several key considerations in the choice of biofuel crop systems the are likely to lead to more sustainable outcomes, and they’ve dubbed them the “three Ps.” First, a successful biofuel crop must be productive for it to be economically profitable. Second, perennial crops are preferred for their ability to sequester carbon, reduce soil erosion and conserve biodiversity. Third is polyculture-tolerant, or the ability of potential biofuel crops to be grown in clo

Research Spotlight

February 06, 2012

How can GLBRC researchers be sure that successful fuel production at the lab bench can be scaled up to meet the needs of a state, a region or a country?...

The Center’s Education and Outreach group provides programs and resources to help broaden the understanding of current issues in bioenergy for the general public, and students and educators at the K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research Spotlight

February 06, 2012

When Jillian Foerster started her freshman year at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, she knew that majoring in cell and molecular biology would open up several avenues for...

Our experts are examining both biological and chemical approaches to fuel production, including fermentation of biomass-derived sugars and direct chemical synthesis of fuels from biomass. By exploring biological and chemical pathways in parallel, we are working to create a suite of technology options for converting cellulosic biomass into advanced fuels.

Research Spotlight

February 06, 2012

Once biomass has been pretreated and the sugars released, GLBRC scientists work with bugs like yeast and E. coli to optimize the way they churn through sugars and ferment them...

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