The goal of replacing petroleum-based chemicals and fuels with plant-based products hinges on using as much of the plant matter as possible to keep costs and waste to a minimum.
On July 5, 2020, Karen and William Monfre Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Jennifer Reed passed away at age 41 after a protracted struggle with cancer. Reed’s passing is a tragic loss for the university and devastating for the colleagues, students, friends and family members who loved and respected her.
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.