Tag: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher find way to produce Tylenol from lignin

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher find way to produce Tylenol from lignin

July 11, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, with a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once. A team led by John Ralph, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been awarded a […]

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Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars

Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars

May 12, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at UW–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center developed an inexpensive, industry-compatible process to produce high yields of the versatile chemical HMF – 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, which is used to make many bio-based chemicals, plastics and fuels. The team’s research shows that the process is simple and compatible with the existing infrastructure in […]

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Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

March 9, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Wisconsin Energy Institute have developed a strategy for employing the bacterium N. aromaticivorans to turn lignin into a more valuable commodity. This can help turn woody plants into a replacement for petroleum in the production of fuels, plastics and other chemicals. The bacterium, […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center find four-gene cluster in yeast that produce pulcherrimin

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center find four-gene cluster in yeast that produce pulcherrimin

January 14, 2019 |

In Michigan, yeasts are complex organisms that may become the workhorses of biofuel production. To move yeasts into this larger role, scientists need to understand the genetic machinery that leads to the production of complex molecules like the iron-binding molecule pulcherrimin in budding yeasts. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists revealed a four-gene cluster associated […]

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More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

October 21, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, a study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center compared two processes for producing biofuels from corn stover: biological conversion to ethanol (BCE) and catalytic conversion to alkenes (CCA) and found that carbon efficiency isn’t the only factor for determining promising strategies for the production of […]

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Study shows where MLG production magic happens within grass cell walls

Study shows where MLG production magic happens within grass cell walls

August 26, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy announced new findings that help maximize mixed-linkage glucan production which is helpful for biofuel refineries that depend on glucose from grasses as feedstock. MLG is found within the cell wall of grasses and is a source of glucose that can be converted to biofuels and bioproducts. Researchers […]

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Better biomass conversion for biofuels and bioproducts from GLBRC

Better biomass conversion for biofuels and bioproducts from GLBRC

March 18, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) discovered a method to break down solvent effects, finding a new way to measure and analyze how a solvent alters the stability of two different points of a chemical reaction, the initial state and the transition state. The method, which relies on experimentation and […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center looks to designing advanced biofuels as way forward

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center looks to designing advanced biofuels as way forward

February 20, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, building on the success of 10 years of investigation into the production of renewable fuels from plants, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum. On Feb. 18 at […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center files for 100th patent

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center files for 100th patent

January 26, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of the Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers, has 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. Reflective of […]

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Better sugar-munchers discovered for biofuels improvement

Better sugar-munchers discovered for biofuels improvement

August 1, 2011 |

In Wisconsin, a Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center team has found new genes that improve yeast’s ability to process xylose.  The team inserted genes into S. cerevisiae and found that one particular gene, CtAKR increased xylose consumption.  As xylose can be nearly half the sugar available in a plant, any increase in yeast’s ability to […]

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