Note From GLBRC Director, 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 read on to learn more about the exciting work we're doing at GLBRC.