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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...

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July 27, 2011

Bruce Dale

Bruce Dale, Leader of GLBRC's Deconstruction Research Area, talks about biomass pretreatment, and its role in the biofuels pipeline.

Press Release

July 25, 2011

MADISON - For thousands of years, bakers and brewers have relied on yeast to convert sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Yet, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers eager to harness this...

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July 19, 2011

Doug Landis

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) project area leader Doug Landis explains some of the factors of determining sustainability of a biofuels crop....

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July 06, 2011

David Rothamer

GLBRC engine researcher David Rothamer explains the differences between cellulosic ethanol and corn ethanol.

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July 06, 2011

David Rothamer

GLBRC engine researcher David Rothamer explains what ethanol is and why it's a good fuel.

July 06, 2011

David Rothamer

GLBRC engine researcher David Rothamer explains what ethanol is and why it's a good fuel.

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