The project, which scored $1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, is being led by University of Wisconsin Madison professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences Ankur Desai. An additional $1.5 million will fund instrumentation required for the study.
Over the course of two years, beginning in 2019, the research team will collect measurements in an approximate area of just under 4 square miles.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research will deploy 17 additional flux towers, allowing scientists to capture data from a range of locations within the study site.
(Source: UW Madison, Wisconsin Gazette, 28 July, 2018) Contact: University of Wisconsin, Nelson Institute, Wisconsin Center for Research, www,nelson.wisc.edu, www.wisc.edu
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GLBRC originally focused on corn stover ethanol production and developing perennial plants like switchgrass and miscanthus as biofuel feedstocks. Now, GLBRC goal is centered on designing advanced biofuels, such as isobutanol. These "drop-in" fuels could be used to replace gasoline without engine modification. By engineering bioenergy crops to enhance their environmental and economic value, and conducting research to generate multiple products from plant biomass, these advancements could optimize the bioenergy field-to-product pipeline.
GLBRC scientists and engineers are also improving the yield and processing traits of dedicated bioenergy crops for cultivation on marginal, or non-agricultural, land. With smart management, these crops have the potential to benefit the ecosystem, help mitigate climate change, and provide farmers with an additional source of revenue.
GLBRC is focused on enabling a new and different biorefinery, one that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Realizing this goal will mean increasing the efficiency of biomass conversion and generating a mix of specialty biofuels and environmentally-friendly bioproducts, from as much of a plant's biomass as possible. One such discovery, breaks down lignin's six-carbon rings -- the "aromatics" -- into individual components. Traditionally sourced from petroleum, aromatics are used in a wide variety of products, including plastic soda bottles, Kevlar, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, and are essential components of jet fuel.
(Source: University of Wisconsin Madison, GLBRC, PR, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org
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The report examined the location and carbon stored in habitat lost to cropland between 2008 and 2012 and found that 115 million metric tons of global carbon was released into the atmosphere, or nearly 29 million mtpy -- equivalent to six coal-burning power plants.
Download the US Cropland Expansion Released 115 Million Tons of Carbon (2008 - 2012) report HERE. (Source: Univ. of Wisconsin, Freemont News Messenager, 17 Nov.2017)
University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Sustainability and
the Global Environment, Holly Gibbs, (608) 265-0572, www.sage.wisc.edu
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