| Layne Cameron

When it comes to biofuels, corn leads the all-important category of biomass yield. However, focusing solely on yield comes at a high price.

| Terry Devitt & Jennifer Sereno

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the 

| Margaret Broeren

Rows of corn and soybeans cover rolling hills, stitched together by creeks and woodlands that compose southwest Wisconsin’s agricultural patchwork. These complex landscapes provide clean water, wildlife habitat and climate benefits—yet, historically their value has been measured in just one way: bushels per acre.  

| Joyce Parker, Elizabeth Xeng de los Santos, and Charles W. Anderson

Our society is currently having serious debates about sources of energy and global climate change. But do students (and the public) have the requisite knowledge to engage these issues as informed citizenry?

| Celia Luterbacher

At Michigan State University, members of research and industry are working together to put a pioneering biomass pretreatment process to the test—the taste test, that is.

| Celia Luterbacher

Trying to understand how the structural polymer lignin is deposited in plant tissues is a bit like trying to understand bone growth in a human: it is very tricky to observe in a living specimen.

| Celia Luterbacher

In their quest to make cellulosic biofuel a viable energy option, many researchers are looking to marginal lands—those unsuitable for growing food—as potential real estate for bioenergy crops. However, few people have asked: how do farmers feel about using their marginal lands for fuel production?

| Celia Luterbacher

Last year, biofuel researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) published a study on an accelerated process for converting cellulosic—or non-food—plant biomass to ethanol in a quarter of the time it usually takes.

| Heather Heggemeier, Celia Luterbacher

For 10 weeks during the summer of 2013, six students participated in GLBRC's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at UW-Madison. They came from as far away as Puerto Rico, and all were low income, minority, and/or first in their family to attend college.

| Celia Luterbacher

For nearly a decade, scientists have thought that they understood how plants produce lignin—a compound that gives plant tissues their structure and sturdiness, but can limit their use as a source of biofuels.