Highlights

Year Month Title
2019 July CBI Student Videos
2019 July Molecular principles revealed for cosolvent depolymerization of biomass
2019 June Biomass augmentation through thermochemical pretreatments greatly enhances digestion of switchgrass by Clostridium thermocellum
2019 June Differences in S/G Ratio in natural poplar variants do not predict catalytic depolymerization monomer yields
2019 June Critical Review of Plant Cell Wall Matrix Polysaccharide Glycosyltransferase Activities Verified by Heterologous Protein Expression
2019 June 5 A Closed-Loop Biorefinery using Renewable Deep Eutectic Solvents with Engineered Biomass
2019 June Hydrocarbon Projects –Advanced Biofuels
2019 June Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology Annual Meeting
2019 June DOE Office of Science Early Career Awardees in CBI
2019 June Characterization of a bifunctional C3H enzyme revises the currently accepted model of lignin biosynthesis in model plants
2019 May Wavelet-based Genomic Signal Processing Locates Centromeres and helps reveal an unidentified CENH3 gene in P. trichocarpa.
2019 May Unraveling Complex Gene-Phenotype Relationships using Multi-Phenotype Association (MPA) Decomposition
2019 April BioinformaticResources for PopulusGenome Editing
2019 April 2019 Rutherford Aris Award Recipient
2019 April Annabel Large: Fulbright Scholar
2019 March Analysis of Lignin Carbohydrate Bonds in Plant’s Lignin Carbohydrate Complexes
2019 March Creation of a functional hyperthermostabledesigner cellulosome
2018 September Over-expression of poplarGalacturonosyltransferase(GAUT)12 confirms key role in xylansynthesis and recalcitrance
2018 September Dixon named Fellow in The Royal Society and a Fellow in the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
2018 September Ragauskas received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 September Cai awarded Future Technology Leaders Award
2018 September Quantitative proteome profile of water deficit stress in eastern cottonwood (Populusdeltoids) leaves identifies key regulator
2018 August Diel rewiring and positive selection of ancient plant proteins enabled evolution of CAM photosynthesis in Agave
2018 August BRC’s representation at the Lignin Gordon Research Conference
2018 August Early Career Appointee at CBI –Breeanna Urbanowicz
2018 August Beckham receives the 2018 Beilby Medal and Prize
2018 August The first Early Career Appointee at CBI –Davinia Salvachúa
2018 August 44 Increased H monomers in lignin change molecular weight, linkages, structure and recalcitrance
2018 July One poplar 5-enolpyruvylshikimate 3-phosphate (EPSP) synthase moonlight as transcriptional repressor to regulate lignin biosynthesis
2018 July Westpheling elected President of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
2018 July Pseudomonas putida’stolerance to toxic biorefinery waste streams has been improved by 200-fold
2018 July Common mutations which improves poor aromatic-degrading enzymes function after transfer into a new bacterial host
2018 June TNT Cloning System selected as a 2018 R&D Finalist
2018 June Yellowstone National Park Sampling Trip
2018 June CBI Field sampling campaign to GWAS site
2018 June CBI Annual Meeting
2018 June CoMet: ExaOpComparative Genomics for CBI on Summit
2018 May HarnessingaP450fattyaciddecarboxylasefromMacrococcuscaseolyticusformicrobialbiosynthesisofoddchainterminalalkenes
2018 May Nanometrologyof biomass for bioenergy
2018 May Multiobjective Strain Design: A Framework for Modular Cell Engineering
2018 April BESC Special Issue in Biotechnology for Biofuels: Findings and Perspectives from 20+ papers
2018 April Biomass augmentation through thermochemical pretreatments enhances digestion
2018 April Expressing the Thermoanaerobacterium saccharolyticum pforA in engineered Clostridium thermocellum improves ethanol production
2018 April Rapidly identifying new pathways for lignin valorization from non-model microbes
2018 March Multiple levers used to overcome recalcitrance of biomass
2018 March CBI Tours Under
2018 March Knock-down ofGalacturonosyltransferase-4gene leads to reduction in lignin-carbohydrate crosslinking in switchgrass
2018 March Highly Cited CBI Researchers recognized by Web of Science
2018 February Ragauskas receives Full Membership in Sigma XI
2018 February 2019 DOE Genomic Sciences Program Annual Principal Investigator (PI) Meeting
2018 February A two-phase model for the non-processive biosynthesis of pectic homogalacturonan polysaccharides by the GAUT1:GAUT7 complex
2018 December novoStoic: Pathway design using de novo steps through uncharted biochemical spaces
2018 November Jacobson appointed to DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Informatics Advisory Committee
2018 November CBI Populusbiomass harvest
2018 November CBI Awards
2018 November Consolidated bioprocessing inhibition at high biomass is mostly due to hydrolysis inhibition
2018 November CBI researchers to receive recognition at UT-Battelle 2018 Awards Night
2018 October Gene targets found to improve Clostridium thermocellumLL1210 tolerance to acidic pH
2018 October A switchgrass transformation pipeline allowed coordinated construction and screening of over 88 genes
2018 January CBI was well represented at Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) XXVII, January 12-16, 2019. San Diego, CA
2018 January The Nature of the Progression of Drought Stress Drives Differential Metabolomic Responses in Populus deltoides
2017 September Engineered switchgrass and poplar, downregulated in Galacturonosyltransferase (GAUT)4, have both increased biomass yield and sugar release
2017 July A switchgrass transformation pipeline allowed coordinated construction and screening of over 88 genes
2017 June Tuskan, Dixon and Wyman –Highly Cited Researchers for 2017
2017 May Combining novel biomass pretreatment with fermentation may overcome the limits on operating high-solids fermentation
2017 May BESC Special Issue in Biotechnology for Biofuels: Findings and Perspectives from 20+ papers
2017 March Consolidated bioprocessing inhibition at high biomass is mostly due to hydrolysis inhibition
2017 March Overcoming Factors Limiting High Solids Fermentation of Lignocellulosic Biomass
2017 February Increased H monomers in lignin change molecular weight, linkages, structure and recalcitrance
2017 February BESC Special Issue in Biotechnology for Biofuels: Findings and Perspectives from 20+ papers
2017 October Field-grown miR156 cisgenic switchgrass allows a method for bioconfinementdue to delayed flowering
2017 October A prototype 96-well plate assay for CBP was developed and validated