Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

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User Projects

The following is a list of projects that have been active over the past three years.
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Lead Institution: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Davinia Salvachua Rodriguez
Lignin is a heterogeneous aromatic polymer found in the cell walls of terrestrial plants and accounts for 30% of the organic carbon in the biosphere. White-rot fungi (WRF) are unquestionably the most efficient lignin-degrading organisms in Nature,...
Lead Institution: University of Minnesota
Principal Investigator: Jiwei Zhang
Fungi are dominant microbes for carbon turnover of plant biomass in terrestrial systems. Some of them, namely brown rot fungi, evolved more efficient mechanisms than others, causing the fast decomposition and utilization of woody biomass. Due to the...
Lead Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principal Investigator: Amy Marshall-Colon
Sorghum bicolor is an important bioenergy crop because it has high nutrient and water use efficiency, and produces a large quantity of biomass that can be processed into ethanol for biofuels. Many genomic resources exist for sorghum, and the...
Lead Institution: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Principal Investigator: Ronald de Vries
Sugar conversion through central carbon catabolism in filamentous fungi is a complex progress that involves many pathways. Using the high quality manually curated genome sequence of Aspergillus niger NRRL 3 and a large transcriptomic dataset on...
Lead Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principal Investigator: Amy Marshall-Colon
Sorghum bicolor is an important bioenergy crop because it has high nutrient and water use efficiency, and produces a large quantity of biomass that can be processed into ethanol for biofuels. Many genomic resources exist for sorghum, and the...
Lead Institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Esther Singer
Nitrogen limitation is a global challenge for biofuel crop resilience and hence bioenergy security. Plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) can help to mitigate plant stress by forming symbiotic relationships with their host that are mediated by...
Lead Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Sharon Doty
Native poplar (Populus) plants have a diverse microbiota including endophytes, microorganisms that live within plants, some of which can fix atmospheric nitrogen (N2) into forms of nitrogen (N) available to their host plant. These beneficial...
Lead Institution: University of Minnesota
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Schilling
Our research, supported by a new DOE BER Systems Biology grant (as of Sept. 2018), focuses on "brown rot" fungi that selectively extract sugars embedded in lignin. These fungi, we discovered, loosen plant cell walls with reactive oxygen...
Lead Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principal Investigator: Amy Marshall-Colon
Sorghum bicolor is an important bioenergy crop because it is nutrient and water use efficient, and produces a large quantity of biomass that can be processed into ethanol for biofuels. Many genomic resources exist for sorghum, and the transformation...
Lead Institution: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Principal Investigator: Ronald de Vries
Sugar conversion through central carbon catabolism in filamentous fungi is a complex progress that involves many pathways. During growth on plant biomass, multiple 5- and 6-carbon monomeric sugars become simultaneously available to the fungus....

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