Sway Pradhan’s “Fungi and Bacteria for Biofuels: Helps or Hurts?” Wins First Place in 3-Minute Challenge

May 26, 2016

On April 14, 2016, Sway Pradhan, a Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Babu Fathepure, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Oklahoma State University (OSU), won First Place in OSU’s Graduate College’s First President’s Fellow’s Grand Three Minute Challenge. As background, plant biomass is the most abundant source of raw material for the Read More

Novel Bacterial Lignin Deconstruction Genes

February 23, 2016
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One major challenge in the bioconversion of plant biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is the deconstruction of lignin, which is tightly bound to cellulose and hemicellulose in plant cell walls. Most research on lignin degradation is focused on fungi. Limited efforts have been made on bacterial capacity to degrade lignin or lignocellulose. Dr. Babu Read More

A Low-Cost Mobile Power Generation Unit from Carbonaceous Feedstocks

November 18, 2015
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There is an increasing demand for low cost, small-scale, portable power generation units that utilize local carbonaceous feedstocks. According to Dr. Ajay Kumar, Associate Professor in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), Oklahoma State University (OSU), these mobile units could be deployed in remote or energy deficit locales in the U.S. and overseas, utilizing local biomass Read More