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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.

Waking...

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 26, 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 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...

Lipid

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...

GLBRC's 1000th Publication

Press Release

May 01, 2017

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the Biological and Environmental Research program in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)...

switchgrass

Media Coverage

April 27, 2017

When Scott Swinton, an agriculture, food and resource economics professor at Michigan State University, asked farmers if they’d be interested in renting their land for bioenergy crops, the initial response...

Media Coverage

April 20, 2017

If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!”

Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate of innovative classroom...

Termites

Press Release

April 17, 2017

MADISON — In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those well acquainted with the...

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