CABBI and Industry

University of Illinois researchers extract juice from sugarcane that has been engineered to produce oil for biodiesel in addition to the plant’s sugar that is used for ethanol production.

One of the Center’s fundamental objectives is to translate its research results — whether in the form of new breeds of plants, new biofuels and other bio-based chemicals, lubricants, adhesives, etc., newly tested processes and applications, or new understandings about economic or ecological impacts — to commercial deployment. Deputy Director for Science & Technology Vijay Singh will lead CABBI commercialization efforts.

Our research will help better inform both farmers and industry on adoption of the scientific advances made by CABBI experts. Further, the solutions our researchers find to current agricultural and bioeconomy issues will be shared with farmers, ag lenders, and agribusiness, industry, and policy makers.

CABBI leadership is confident that partnering with the industrial community to scale up new bioproducts and new technologies will be useful as both the corporate sector and our nation seek ways to lessen dependence on fossil fuels.

And the Center will seek input from the commercial side — as well as with academia and those in government — with its Strategic Advisory Board.

“We look forward to a day when we will have sustainable and economically sound production of fuels and chemicals from plants,” CABBI Director Evan H. DeLucia said. “A vibrant bioeconomy based on plant products will enhance the economic and ecological resilience of U.S. agriculture.”