Tim Donohue, the power of microbes and the pull of Rockaway Beach

Long before Tim Donohue became a bacteriology professor and the director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), he was a teenage beach cleaner and would-be biologist growing up on the boardwalk of New York City’s Rockaway Beach. “I …

Researchers collaborate to break down lignin and advance biofuels

To tackle what many consider the next frontier in biofuels research, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) recently joined forces with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville, California. The focus of their collaboration? Lignin, a glue-like compound in …

The future, unzipped: Pioneering a technology that could revolutionize how industry produces biofuels

John Ralph PhD’82 talks with the easy, garrulous rhythms of his native New Zealand, and often seems amiably close to the edge of laughter. So he was inclined toward amusement last year when he discovered that some portion of the …

Six-year study suggests perennial crop yields can compete with corn stover

A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar, native grasses, and prairie can yield as much biomass as corn stover. …

Too late for biofuel crops? – Audio

David Mladenoff, Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Science djmladen@wisc.edu Phone (608) 262-1992 3:03 – Total Time 0:25 – The ethanol effect 0:52 – Role of Great Lakes Region in biofuels 1:25 – …

Bugs to biofuels – Audio

Bugs to biofuels Gina Lewin, Research Assistant, Currie Lab Department of Bacteriology UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences glewin@wisc.edu Phone (608) 262-7538 3:05 – Total Time 0:17 – Challenge to break down biomass 0:49 – The leaf cutter ant …

Drugs from bugs – Audio

Heidi Horn, Research Assistant Department of Bacteriology UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences hahorn8@gmail.com Phone (608) 890-0237 Drugs from bugs 3:03 – Total Time 0:15 – Connecting insects to medicine 0:46 – Antibiotics found in ant colonies 1:05 – …

“Second-generation” biofuel feedstocks could reduce nitrous oxide emissions

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State University (MSU) report today that emissions of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) can be reduced significantly by replacing annual biofuels feedstocks, such as corn, with second-generation, perennial feedstocks such …

Engineered softwood could transform pulp, paper and biofuel industries

Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve the …

Exploring bugs and bioenergy: Gina Lewin’s path to the Currie Lab

For many college students, summer provides a chance to test-drive future career paths. When Gina Lewin took advantage of such an opportunity, her test drive hit the jackpot. In the summer of 2009, Lewin participated in a National Science Foundation-funded …