Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Newsletter: February 2015
Note From GLBRC Director, Tim Donohue:
Tim Donohue
Tim Donohue
2015 promises to be an exciting year for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Our research continues to inform field-to-fuel activities in the growing area of cellulosic biofuels. Here we highlight recent findings on ecological responses to bioenergy crop production, potentially game-changing ways to convert plant lignin into valuable chemicals, as well as the licensing of fuel-producing yeasts developed by GLBRC. We also recently celebrated our 100th patent application, a milestone that seemed very far off when the Center began in 2007.

Exciting developments in bioenergy are occurring outside the Center as well, with several cellulosic ethanol plants now opening in the U.S. The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released
a report outlining future basic science needs for producing fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. And the federal government's recently signed budget included specific language in support of full funding for GLBRC and the DOE Bioenergy Research Center program.  

I hope you share my excitement for our accomplishments and for the coming year. Please r
ead on to learn more about the exciting work we're doing at GLBRC.
GLBRC Celebrates 100th Patent Application
GLBRC Celebrates 100th Patent Application

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. Since 2011, GLBRC has reported inventions at a rate that exceeds expectations for a university entity of its size and funding level by 50 percent. In line with GLBRC's cross-disciplinary research mission, the discoveries are highly collaborative in nature and cut across diverse areas of research. Read more � 


New research explores how bees might respond to two contrasting bioenergy production scenarios: annual row crops such as corn or soybeans, and perennial grasslands such as switchgrass or diverse prairie. The projections are strikingly different - pollinators are expected to have a highly favorable response to grassland bioenergy production and an unfavorable reaction to increasing amounts of annual row crop production. Read more � 

Xylome Corporation has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals.  Read more �
New Process Transforms Wood, Crop Waste into Valuable Chemicals
New Process Transforms Wood, Crop Waste into Valuable Chemicals
Scientists disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in "green chemistry" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read more �
Marin Dobson Teaches Biology and Biofuels with GLBRC Activities
Marin Dobson
Whether deconstructing plant material in his own Fort Atkinson High School classroom, or collecting biofuel conversion data in coordination with colleagues in his district, biology teacher Marin Dobson has fully integrated his experiences with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) into a relevant and intriguing scientific education for his students. Read more �