Different networks representing biological relationships are integrated and used to provide multiple lines of evidence (LOE) to discover genes that can be manipulated to enhance biofuels and bioproducts. The illustration shows how it works. High-resolution genomic data combined with co-expression datasets are used to build networks and then the networks are layered. Specific genes (orange) are identified, and a LOE score is calculated for each one (an example of the LOE score calculation is shown) that can

Complex networks identify genes for biofuel crops

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Scientists are using different layers of information combined with new computational approaches to integrate vast amounts of data in a modeling framework. Researchers can now identify genes controlling important traits to target biofuel and bioproduct production. 

Richard Dixon Award

Richard Dixon Elected Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists

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Dr. Richard Dixon, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North-Texas and Research Domain Lead of Accelerative Science in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI), has been named a Fellow of the ASPB.

Art Ragauskas

Art Ragauskas Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Arthur Ragauskas, Governor’s Chair in Biorefinery and Research Council Member in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. 

Jerry Tuskan

Facebook Live with CBI Director Jerry Tuskan

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Center for Bioenergy Innovation Director, Jerry Tuskan gives a tour of the greenhouses at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and discusses ongoing projects focused on advanced biofuels, sustainable feedstocks and lignin feedstocks for plastics. 

Biomass Characteristics

Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass Strategies

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Diverse characterization methods have been developed to elucidate physicochemical, thermal and morphological properties of biomass and its products.  Biofuels Digest (biofuelsdigest.com) posted a Guide to Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass compiled by CBI members Arthur J.

Plant Journal Award

CBI authors received Silver Award from The Plant Journal

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The Silver Award for “Best Original Article” published in The Plant Journal in 2017 was awarded to the authors of “The Physcomitrella patens chromosome-scale assembly reveals moss genome structure and evolution”.  CBI authors included: Lee Gunter, Wellington Muchero, Priya Ranjan, and Gerald A. Tuskan.

Miguel Rodriquez, ORNL

Gene improves plant growth and conversion to biofuels

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A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. Due to the composition of plant cell walls, plant material is not efficiently broken down or deconstructed to the basic sugars that are converted to biofuels.

Dan Jacobson, ORNL

Dan Jacobson : Embracing complexity in biological systems

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Dan Jacobson is illuminating the workings of biological systems from the molecular scale up by leveraging Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputing resources to create machine and deep-learning techniques more easily understood by humans, an evolving field called explainable artificial intelligence (AI).

CBI Director, Jerry Tuskan

CBI Director makes Clarivate Analytics' highly cited list

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Gerald Tuskan, University of North-Texas’ Richard Dixon and University of California-Riverside’s Charles Wyman make Clarivate Analytics’ highly cited list.


SimPath licenses novel ORNL system for enhanced synthetic biology

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SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines and fuels.

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