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New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops 

January 16, 2018

photo of mixed herbaceous energy crops According to a recent ruling by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2018. Although this figure is down slightly from last year, the industry is still growing at a modest pace. However, until now, producers have had to rely on incomplete information and unrealistic, small-scale studies in guiding their decisions about which feedstocks to grow, and where. A new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-cellulosic-biofuel-crops.html#jCp

New research at Illinois could make ethanol production more efficient and economic

New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process.

Full text of the research can be found at Biotechnology for Biofuels.

Another state-of-the-art tool added to UI belt

WCIA3 press conference with Chapin Rose

Sen. Rose: Major state investment in bioprocessing to boost local businesses to compete for up to 20,000 jobs in new market

Senator Rose Press Conference on IBRL construction resuming.

IBRL’s IDOT project

Learn more about the work that IBRL has done with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Integrated systems mteabolic picture of acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development.

Forgotten Resource Studied for Sustainable Energy Crops

Article on IDOT’s project

Sustainable Technology 2014

As part of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center 2014 Annual Report, learn more about the IDOT project.

Observed Effects of Warm Season Perennial Grass Agriculture on Resident Mammal Species

Article by IBRL student, David Leimbach – April 2015

This study focused on the observed impact of switching from a corn / soybean agricultural rotation to the planting of warm season perennial grasses for use in biomass agriculture, as well as the subsequent effects on resident mammal populations. We trapped two parcels of land planted in warm season perennial grasses between September 2011 and October 2013 in order to obtain a census of the mammal populations residing upon the property and to determine the impact (if any) of the change in agriculture. During the first year of the study, a seemingly inhospitable (urban) agricultural area revealed a diverse population of inhabitants. The second year of trapping resulted in the capture of 2 new species (total of 7 species captured) and the noticeable absence of 1 species; a distinct shift in mammal populations had been observed. There was an inverse relationship between the population increase of Peromyscus maniculatus during 2012 and the decline in the population of Peromyscus leucopus. When a Chi-square test was run (P<0.05), the hypothesis of competitive exclusion appeared to be supported. In the third year, population numbers of Peromyscus maniculatus had also plummeted. We observed that warm season perennial grass monoculture had an adverse impact on resident mammal species.

 

Construction to begin on bioprocessing laboratory

Daily Illini November 6, 2014

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory planned in Illinois

BioMass Magazine November 6, 2014

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory will be unique facility on UI campus

College News October 23, 2014