Traversing the landscape of the Upper Midwest, there is a high likelihood you’ll see corn fields. Lots and lots of corn fields. Here, leftover stalks are most often plowed under the earth in late autumn, where they can replenish the ground, becoming soil organic matter.
For many college students, summer provides a chance to test-drive future career paths. When Gina Lewin took advantage of such an opportunity, her test drive hit the jackpot.
Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) reported today the discovery of a chemical compound called poacic acid that could eventually be used as a fungicide in both sustainable and conventional farming.
“In high school,” Daniel Amador-Noguez recalls, “I took a science class where one of the lectures was all about the future – where the research was taking us, what were some potential future discoveries – and I thought, ‘oh, all this sounds really cool, so how come it hasn’t happened yet?’”
Whether deconstructing plant material in his own Fort Atkinson High School classroom, or collecting biofuel conversion data in coordination with colleagues in his district, biology teacher Marin Dobson has led the way in integrating his experiences with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) into a compelling scientific curriculum reaching every student in his department.
Jack Newman, chief science officer at Amyris, Inc. answers GLBRC's questions about his recent Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the future of biofuels, and his thoughts on ethical bioengineering.
By now most of us are accustomed to filling our cars with fuels that are part ethanol, and we know that corn is not only in our tortillas but also in our gas tanks. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) researchers, however, are moving beyond corn and other first-generation biofuel feedstocks in an attempt to fill our tanks with environmentally sustainable biofuels.
MADISON, Wis. – The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application.
Technology package covers unconventional strains for the production of biofuel, renewable chemicals
MADISON, Wis. – Xylome Corporation has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals.
any people appreciate the benefits of yeast fermentation when they sip a glass of cold beer or bite into a freshly baked baguette.