Advanced Plant Phenotyping Lab

Unique imaging capabilities yield new knowledge, growth for bioeconomy

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have a powerful new tool in the quest to produce better plants for biofuels, bioproducts and agriculture.

Wild and laboratory-evolved Y.lipolytica

Stronger membranes help yeast tolerate bioenergy production chemicals

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Creating biofuels and other products from plant material is a complex process. Among other things, we need chemicals to break down plant cells. 

CRISPR

A new non-GMO method to edit plants with CRISPR

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An NC State researcher has developed a new way to get CRISPR/Cas9 into plant cells without inserting foreign DNA. This allows for precise genetic deletions or replacements, without inserting foreign DNA. Therefore, the end product is not a genetically modified organism, or GMO.

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Lignin research yields additional answers into bacteria's role

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A collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and three other national laboratories has yielded new insight into the ability of bacteria to break down the hardy part of a plant known as lignin.

Tatenda Muchero

Kiddo Q&A: Tatenda & Wellington Muchero

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Meet Tatenda and Wellington Muchero. Wellington is a researcher in biosciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His daughter, Tatenda, had the opportunity to ask him questions about what he does at the lab.

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Seeing starch: Novel technique enables gentle observation of biofuel materials

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to peer deep into the nanostructure of biomaterials without damaging the sample. This novel technique can confirm structural features in starch, a carbohydrate important in biofuel production. 

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis: Probing the human and soil microbiome for disease links

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After several years in the private sector exploring the unknown origins of neurodegenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Chris Ellis thinks one of the keys to solving the mystery is at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

Ellis, a computational microbiologist in the Biosciences Division, is hoping to prove a theory that’s been getting more attention in the biomedical field—that microbes may play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Emilie Sidelinger SULI Interview

ORISE | SULI Participant Interview with Emilie Sidelinger

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ORISE | SULI Participant Interview with Emilie Sidelinger

DNA wraps around histone proteins

Chromosome Connectors Take Center Stage for ORNL Scientists Studying Poplar

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The black cottonwood tree, or Populus trichocarpa (poplar), serves as a model organism for scientists studying the structure, growth, development, and genetics of plants. Poplar was the first tree genome scientists sequenced, and now they use it to study topics such as bioenergy, drought tolerance, and wood formation.

A new method uses E. coli to generate DNA with methylation patterns that target microbes recognize and accept as their own, facilitating customization of microbes for biofuels production.

ORNL develops method to customize microbes for better biofuel production

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes into a variety of microorganisms that previously would not accept foreign DNA, with the goal of creating custom microbes to break down plants for bioenergy.

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