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 Elected Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists
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.
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.
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.
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.
CBI authors received Silver Award from The Plant Journal
The Silver Award for “Best Original Article” published in The Plant Journal in 2017 was awarded to the authors of “The Physcomitrellapatens chromosome-scale assembly reveals moss genome structure and evolution”. CBI authors included: Lee Gunter, Wellington Muchero, Priya Ranjan, and Gerald A. Tuskan.
Gene improves plant growth and conversion to biofuels
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 : Embracing complexity in biological systems
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).
SimPath licenses novel ORNL system for enhanced synthetic biology
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.