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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.

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...

Our researchers are identifying important genetic traits that could make bioenergy crops like switchgrass more productive, more durable in harsh climates and more easily digested for conversion to biofuels.

Research Spotlight

February 06, 2012

As they explore how to degrade plant biomass into simpler sugars or coax crops into growing more biomass per acre, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) are...

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.

Research Spotlight

February 02, 2012

Just as people need to chew food to better access and digest the nutrients inside, mechanical and chemical pretreatment of plants disrupts the cell walls and allows access to the...

Pfleger in the lab

Research Spotlight

September 01, 2011

In August, President Obama announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million over the next three years to produce biofuels...

Research Spotlight

August 31, 2011

Creating biofuels from region-specific biomass could make a huge dent in fossil fuel use for transportation. But moving lightweight, bulky biomass from farms to factories could leave a large carbon...

Press Release

August 21, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Pretreating non-edible biomass – corn leaves, stalks or switch grass – holds the keys for unlocking its energy potential and making it economically viable, according to...

Press Release

August 09, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Farmers and policymakers should wait before converting Conservation Reserve Program land to corn and soybean production, according to a Michigan State University study.

The study, which...