Under current Midwest warming trends, models predict stable crop yields without need for more irrigation
As the climate warms, many scientists and farmers have worried about how rising temperatures will affect agricultural systems and crop yields. Warmer air may increase evaporation and water loss from plants.
New research from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center shows that a common component of plant cell walls may not be as essential for plant growth and development as previously thought. The findings suggest a new way to increase the content of desired sugars in crops engineered for producing biofuels.
In June, the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station welcomed—from an appropriate distance!—a new researcher to our community.
Fatty acids, the compounds that give a diet rich in leafy greens and fish its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, are now also heralded for their versatility as raw materials in bioenergy production.
On July 5, 2020, Professor Jennifer Reed passed away after a long illness. Jennie joined the chemical and biological engineering faculty at UW-Madison in 2007, jumpstarting the department’s research efforts in computational systems biology.
Grasslands are a vital but shrinking ecosystem in the U.S., and conversion to cropland is a leading driver of this change.
Adrianna Trusiak has been on the job for three months but still hasn’t seen her office. She started her role as a Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center research coordinator at the beginning of April, just a few weeks after the Center’s in-person operations ceased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the slowest and most expensive steps in turning biomass into chemicals and other useful products is separating the compounds of interest from the mixture of liquid solvents and other byproducts made during processing.