Monsanto donates Middleton plant research facility to UW-Madison

A $10 million commercial biotech plant laboratory in Middleton, Wisconsin, first opened in 1982 with the help of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists, will soon become part of UW–Madison following a donation from Monsanto Co. The facility, a labyrinth of greenhouses …

Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center – Audio

Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center Shawn Kaeppler, Professor Department of Agronomy UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences smkaeppl@facstaff.wisc.edu (608) 262-9571 FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://cropinnovation.cals.wisc.edu/ 3:06 – Total Time 0:19 – Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center 0:40 – Feeding a hungry world …

Food scientist aiding fuel ethanol with new engineered bacteria

For James Steele, moving from the small fermenters where microbes make cheese, wine and beer to the multimillion-gallon tanks where corn is converted to ethanol was a natural progression. Steele, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Winder-Bascom professor of food science, specializes …

With designer lignin, biofuels researchers reproduced evolutionary path

When scientists reported in 2014 that they had successfully engineered a poplar plant “designed for deconstruction,” the finding made international news. The highly degradable poplar, the first of its kind, could substantially reduce the energy use and cost of converting …

‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered “super …

MATC student Greg Desjarlais spends summer studying bioenergy at UW–Madison

It’s easy to root for Greg Desjarlais, a recent participant in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offered by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He’s unassuming and easy to talk to. He’s …

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

If you’re made of carbon, precious few things are as important to life as death. A dead tree may represent a literal windfall of the building blocks necessary for making new plants and animals and the energy to sustain them. …

UW expert at White House summit

On Friday, May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host an event on microbiomes – communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere. Microbiomes maintain healthy function of …

Making ethanol production efficient – Audio

Making ethanol production efficient James Steele, Professor Department of Food Science UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences jlsteele@facstaff.wisc.edu 808-262-5960 2:55 – Total Time 0:11 – Role of bacteria 0:22 – Describe ethanol making process 0:45 – How is bacteria …