Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers Look at Yesterday, Today, Inspirations and Challenges (Re-post from Biofuels Digest, July 27, 2017)

Four simple questions and such a variety of response as you might expect from the unusual collection of engineers, biologists, marketeers, customers, financiers, policy leaders, advanced R&D specialists, mathematicians, advocates and watchful critics that make up the advanced bioeconomy. Where were you on July 27, 2007? Where are you now? What inspires you? What do Read More

STENOFOLIA Gene Doubles Yield and Sugar Release in Switchgrass

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One important source of renewable clean energy is lignocellulosic biomass from non-food perennial grasses such as switchgrass, which is a dedicated bioenergy feedstock in the U.S. Increasing the biomass yield and sugar release efficiency of switchgrass have been a major focus by genetic improvement research to meet the demands for a sustainable lignocellulosic fuel production Read More

Control of Flowering Time Can Potentially Iincrease Switchgrass Biomass Yield

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To satisfy increasing demands for lignocellulosic biomass as a source of renewable energy, switchgrass, a dedicated bioenergy feedstock in the U.S., should produce as much biomass as possible. This can be achieved by delaying flowering while prolonging the vegetative stage in switchgrass. One key genetic switch that determines production of biomass is regulating the genes Read More

GBTL Technology for Liquid Hydrocarbon Production

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To supplement the demands of petroleum fuels and chemicals using existing infrastructure of engines, pipeline and fuel delivery, it is logical to target producing compatible hydrocarbons from biomass resources. Bio-oil produced from biomass fast pyrolysis technology can be converted into hydrocarbons. However, this conversion process remains a major challenge due to the instability of bio-oil, Read More

Mushroom Pretreatment Promotes Lignin Degradation During Storage of Switchgrass

Wilkins-Buser Press release

Dr. Mark Wilkins, former Professor at Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), Oklahoma State University (OSU), collaborated with two other OSU faculty Drs. Michael Buser (BAE) and Stephen Marek (Entomology and Plant Pathology), and Dr. Julie Carrier from Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at University of Tennessee to investigate whether oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus, could be Read More

USDA-NIFA Awards Grants for Atiyeh’s and Kumar’s Projects through South Central Sun Grant Program

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Hasan Atiyeh and Ajay Kumar, Associate Professors of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University (OSU), are the recipients of a two-year USDA-NIFA grant, $150,000 each, through the South Central Sun Grant Program’s (SC-SGP) regional competitive grants program. Dr. Atiyeh’s project on “Butanol Production with High Yield and Carbon Conversion Using Novel Biocatalysts” is in Read More

Today is National BIOENERGY Day

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To celebrate the 2016 National Bioenergy Day, join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time for a Facebook Live tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF). To watch the live broadcast and submit your thoughts and comments, visit EERE on Facebook today, October 19th, at noon. Read More