Control of Flowering Time Can Potentially Increase Switchgrass Biomass Yield

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

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

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

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

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

OSU’S BioPEC Hosts Third Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) at Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, OK hosts the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program titled “Interdisciplinary Sustainable Biobased Products and Energy” for nine weeks from May 31 to July 29, 2016. Bioenergy REU is a summer research program funded by the National Science Foundation. Led by Dr. Gopal Read More

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

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

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