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| Mark E. Griffin

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.

| Jason Daley

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.

| Jill Sakai
As the Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellow exploring the sorghum microbiome, Marco Mechan-Llontop is working with Ashley Shade at Michigan State University and John Mullet at Texas A&M.
| Jill Sakai

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.

| Jill Sakai
As the Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellow exploring carbon flux in switchgrass, Mauricio Tejera is working with Berkley Walker and Lisa Tiemann at Michigan State University to investigate how carbon partitioning shifts within and among plant tissues, microbes, and the environment in response to abiotic stresses.
| KBS News

In June, the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station welcomed—from an appropriate distance!—a new researcher to our community.

| Mark E. Griffin

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.

| Staff

Congratulations to Alexandra Kravchenko, GLBRC researcher and professor of plant, soil, and microbial sciences at Michigan State University, who was awarded the 2020 Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award by the

| Regina Murphy

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.

| Jill Sakai

Grasslands are a vital but shrinking ecosystem in the U.S., and conversion to cropland is a leading driver of this change.