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$1.1M DOE Grant to Improve Switchgrass for Biofuel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
David Lowry, assistant professor of plant biology, poses next to a switchgrass plant on Tuesday July 18, 2017.

Just as sequencing the human genome has netted major health and medical benefits, switchgrass genomics will pay dividends through the development of advanced liquid biofuels. Researchers at Michigan…

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$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina OIlseed Yield

Thursday, September 14, 2017
MSU's Danny Schnell works on the seed-oil based Camelina plant, and is seen here with research associates Emily Pawlowski (left) and Bibin Paulose.

Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant…

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Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit Environment if Managed Correctly

Monday, July 3, 2017
Phil Robertson

Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy…

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Improving Plants by Increasing Biomass, Starting from Seeds

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Sang-Jin Kim (center). By Harley J Seeley

Sang-Jin Kim, assistant professor in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and his colleagues in the Brandizzi lab want to make plants more productive and resilient in the face of…

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Researchers Improve Biofuel Potential at Molecular Level

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dan Ducat, assistant professor at the Plant Research Laboratory, and Derek Fedeson, phd student in genetics, pose in front a painting of a thermal spring on Tuesday December 13, 2016.

Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The findings, featured in…

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Patented Bioelectrodes Make Energy, Eat Waste

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Gemma Reguera

New research at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Communications shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity –…

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Engineering Bacteria to Create Biofuels, Green Energy

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michigan State University researcher Cheryl Kerfeld and her team are working to make it possible to power the world in a healthy, sustainable way by applying engineering approaches…

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Acidification Tells Plants It’s Deadly Freezing

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
snow on trees

A new study from the Christoph Benning lab shows how plants sense freezing temperatures through increased cellular acidification. The results, published in the July issue of Plant Physiology,…

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Enhancing the Value of Biofuel Crops with Plant-Based Oils

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Benning and Ohlrogge

Michigan State University’s Christoph Benning, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is working to increase the energy density of cellulosic biofuel crops, such as grasses, woods, and the non-food…

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Fertilizer Use Could Reduce Benefit of Cellulosic Biofuels

Thursday, June 2, 2016
switchgrass crop

According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp…

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