Facilities & Field Sites

Besides dozens of scientists, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its partners provide support for CABBI research with the following facilities…

The Illinois Energy Farm

Researchers use this unique, 320-acre farm to grow Miscanthus, sorghum, and energycane on fields that have the latest instrumentation for quantifying bioenergy crops’ effect on biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and water. The Farm has a 12,000-square-foot building with wet laboratories, sample-processing areas, and a teaching facility, as well as large-scale production greenhouses and isolated plant breeding areas.

The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

IGB, which oversees and integrates CABBI’s core science team at Illinois in its massive lab space, features $7 million in state-of-the-art equipment for high-throughput analytical chemistry; structural biology; genomics; proteomics and metabolomics; fermentation; and characterization of microbial cells, microbial communities, and plants. It also has a $2 million biofoundry, the iBioFAB, which was established for rapid strain development.

The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab

IBRL allows researchers to focus on scaling up, commercialization, and de-risking of processes using chemical, physical, and biological conversion of feedstocks into fuels and other bioproducts. IBRL’s 42,000-square-foot pilot plant at Illinois houses a continuous pretreatment reactor that can deconstruct a wide array of feedstocks with a number of different pretreatments.

IBRL Brochure

Archbold Biological Station

Archbold Biological Station is an independent not-for-profit organization in the critical headwaters of the Florida Everglades. An internationally recognized center for research, conservation, and education, it manages Buck Island Ranch, a 4,251-hectare, 3,000-head commercial cattle ranch that is a living laboratory for agroecological research. The main research goal is to understand relationships among agricultural production and natural resources including water, soil, and biodiversity and addressing threats such as diseases, invasive species, land use change/intensification, and climate change/variability.

Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research Site

Iowa State University’s 60-acre companion site complements the Illinois Energy Farm and expands the portfolio of state-of-the-art measurement of carbon, nitrogen, and water cycling in Miscanthus and sorghum. It also features the unique capability to quantify the impacts of varying management practices on water quality and economic performance. Germplasm assessment and plant breeding isolation space is also on site. Facilities on site include a 600-square-foot building with real-time data management and quality control capabilities and space to prepare plant, water, and soil samples for lab analysis.