John Vogel on the Brachypodium distachyon genome

submitted by: JGI

DOE JGI collaborator John Vogel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a senior author of the paper on the Brachypodium genome published in the February 11, 2010 issue of the journal Nature, discusses the project in this complement to the DOE Joint Genome Institute's news release (http://tr.im/ND9W).

Combining Agriculture with Microbial Genomics To Make Fuels

submitted by: MicrobeWorld
Summary *Key challenges include dealing with diverse cellulosic sugars and finding ways to recycle carbon dioxide back into useful biomass. *Sugar cane and Hibiscus varieties from the Malvaceae plant family are sources of cellulosic biomass that do not require highly productive agricultural lands. *Microorganisms associated with termites and shipworms might harbor useful enzymes for processing biomass, while yeasts associated with Malvaceae plants are also worth investigating....
Authors: Nadathur Govind, Arup Sen

Dan Rokhsar at the DOE JGI 2009 User Meeting

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Dan Rokhsar talked about the DOE JGI's Plant Genome Program on March 25, 2009 at the 4th Annual User Meeting.

Jim Bristow at the DOE JGI 2009 User Meeting

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Deputy Director of Programs Jim Bristow spoke about the DOE JGI's mission and programs at the 4th Annual User Meeting on March 25, 2009.

DOE JGI director Eddy Rubin on biomass degrading communities

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DOE Joint Genome Institute director Eddy Rubin spoke about biomass degrading communities, particularly the cow rumen, on May 13, 2009.

"Development of Cellulosic Biofuels"- Chris Somerville @ '09 DOE JGI User Meeting

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Chris Somerville (Energy Biosciences Institute) keynote talk for DOE JGI '09 User Meeting on March 25, 2009, introduction by Jim Bristow (JGI).

Green Bullet

Scientists take aim with tiny algae and their giant promise as the biofuel solution of the future

Technical Issues Associated with Future Large-Scale Cellulosic Biofuels Production: Part 1: The Argument for Biofuels (33:32)

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The first segment of this presentation describes the rationale for using plant biomass as a source of fuels and presents information about how much energy could be obtained in this way. Examples of the kinds of plants that are likely to be used are presented along with comments on some of the issues, such as losses to disease and effects of various cropping systems on soil quality, that need additional research. For further information see:...