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.

Wellington Muchero

Preserving Tennessee's clean energy tradition

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Clean energy innovation has been an essential part of Tennessee's fabric for more than eight decades. Tennesseans have continued to contribute to some of our nation's most significant energy technology breakthroughs, and in the process created jobs, increased international competitiveness...

Plants to Plastic

ORNL turning plants into plastic as part of new research project

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Developing the next generation of biofuels and plant-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics is happening at the new Center for Bioenergy Innovation in Oak Ridge.

The new center will be housed in the existing greenhouse and lab area of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL is of one of four locations chosen for the new five-year research project beginning October 1.

Josh Michener

Josh Michener: Engineering evolution for better microbes

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Working backwards has moved Josh Michener’s research far forward as he uses evolution and genetics to engineer microbes for better conversion of plants into biofuels and biochemicals.

Jerry Tuskan

Bringing technological advances to bioscience: Jerry Tuskan

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It’s been 10 years since the US Department of Energy first established a BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and researcher Gerald “Jerry” Tuskan has used that time and the lab’s and center’s resources and tools to make good on his college dreams of using genomics to study and improve plant species. Now he is getting ready to lead the new Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at ORNL, a DOE Bioenergy Research Center that will launch in FY2018 with the mission of accelerating the development of specialty plants and processes for a new generation of biofue

Jerry and Udaya

DOE funds Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL

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The Department of Energy has announced funding for new research centers to accelerate the development of specialty plants and processes for a new generation of biofuels and bioproducts. The Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI), led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass.

Mindy Clark

Sowing the seeds for scientific breakthroughs: Mindy Clark

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Mindy Clark’s enthusiasm for plant biology has only grown from her time in the classroom at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) to her years working in greenhouse operations for private industry and more recently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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