| Chris Hubbuch
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a University of Wisconsin–Madison based research center another five years of funding to develop sustainable alternatives to gasoline, diesel and other hydrocarbon fuels as well as products currently made from petroleum.
| Matt Davenport and May Napora

Michigan State University researcher Acer VanWallendael understands the public’s fascination with fungus. It is, after all, a fungus that kicks off the zombie apocalypse in the hit HBO series “The Last of Us.”

| Sonia Fernandez

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. In this case, the "job" is the breakdown of lignin, the structural biopolymer that gives stems, bark and branches their signature woodiness.

| Cameron Rudoph
In a new paper published in Scientific Reports, MSU professor Bruno Basso shows how scientists must use a correction calculation to accurately quantify changes in soil carbon stocks over time.
| Chris Hubbuch

Scientists have long eyed switchgrass as a promising and sustainable source of fuels that can replace gasoline and other petroleum products. New research shows the plant can help slow climate change, but only if grown on the right lands. 

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center co-investigator Troy Runge has been appointed as the next as the next associate dean for research in the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

| Madelyn Anderson
Today we spoke to Violeta Matus Acuña, a postdoctoral researcher in the Soil Biology and Ecology Lab with Dr. Lisa Tiemann at Michigan State University. She provides insight on the importance of resilience, relearning, and diversity.
| Madelyn Anderson
Today we spoke to Sarvada Chipkar, a PhD candidate in Ong Research Laboratory at Michigan Technological University. She speaks on the power of positivity and passion when it comes to taking a leap.
| Britta Wellenstein
This week, we spoke with JinHo Lee, a Ph.D. student in the Kravchenko Lab at Michigan State University, who is working to understand soil carbon sequestration and soil pores. Lee obtained his BS and MS in applied life chemistry from Gyeongsang National University in his home country of South Korea.
| Matt Davenport

Among switchgrass’s attractive features are that it’s perennial, low maintenance, and native to many states in the eastern US. But it also has a peculiar behavior working against it that has stymied researchers—at least until now.