ūüĆĪSwitchgrass V ūüĆĪ

ūüĒ∑ July 22 - 25, 2019
ūüĒ∑ Champaign, Ill.

Attendees will discuss state-of-the-art research into #switchgrass and other dedicated #energy crops grown for forage, conservation, and bioenergy feedstock production.

For more info ‚ě°ÔłŹhttps://t.co/usigCY8GNA

#CABBI researchers from @ISUBiomass and @avanlooke labs recently published findings that can help reduce uncertainty in #bioenergy crop assessments.

#ILLINOIS #IowaState #Collaboration #Innovation

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Practice Makes Perfect

CABBI scientists sharpen their science communications skills during a session Feb. 19, 2019. View the photos.

Harvesting Bioenergy Crops

Check out photos and videos from the 2018 harvest season.

Unique Combination of Catalysts Opens Doors to Making Useful Compounds

CABBI Conversion Theme Leader Huimin Zhao is part of a team that developed a new way to aid in making valuable compounds.

University of Illinois iGEM Team Takes on CABBI-funded Synthetic Biology Project

A group of undergraduate students has teamed up with CABBI researchers to pursue an ambitious research project.

CABBI, Researchers in the Headlines

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CABBI Director Evan H. DeLucia and multiple Co-PIs on climate change, drought, and maize production, The Science Times, June 20, 2019:

Crop-Killing Climate Out To Destroy Midwest Farms


CABBI Director Evan H. DeLucia and multiple Co-PIs on climate change, drought, and maize production, XinhuaNet, June 19, 2019:

Warming U.S. Midwest May Force Farmers to Irrigate: Study


CABBI Director Evan H. DeLucia and multiple Co-PIs on climate change, drought, and maize production, Wired, June 18, 2019:

The Midwest’s Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future


CABBI Director Evan H. DeLucia and multiple Co-PIs on climate change, drought, and maize production, Courthouse News, June 18, 2019:

Irrigation ‚ÄĒ and Dwindling Water Supplies ‚ÄĒ on the Horizon for Midwest Corn Farmers


Co-PI Stephen P. Long elected to National Academy of Sciences, NAS website, April 30, 2019:

News from the National Academy of Sciences


Co-PI ChangCheng Xu on plant oils in Science Daily, April 29, 2019:

Plant cells eat their own … membranes and oil droplets


CABBI Deputy Director Vijay Singh on sugarcane and biofuel in Span Magazine (pages 16-21), May/June 2019:

Sweet Solutions


CABBI Deputy Director Vijay Singh in a Q&A with Cereal Foods World, March 2019:


CABBI Director Evan H. Delucia on first year of Center on Alton Daily News via Illinois News Network, March 2, 2019:

CABBI project looks at crop conversion for energy production


CABBI Co-PIs Stephen P. Long and Erik Sacks’ on more Miscanthus research in Science Daily, Feb. 26, 2019:

When temperatures drop, Siberian Miscanthus plants surpass main bioenergy variety


CABBI Director Evan H. Delucia and Co-PIs Amy Marshall-Colón and Wendy Yang on first year of Center on WCIA News, Feb. 12, 2019:

Progress Made on Big Research Project


CABBI Co-PI Erik Sacks’ latest Miscanthus research featured in Science Daily, Jan. 30, 2019:

Miscanthus with improved winter-hardiness could benefit northern growers


CABBI Co-PI Erik Sacks’ latest Miscanthus research featured in Morning Ag Clips, Jan. 30, 2019:

Miscanthus with improved winter-hardiness


CABBI Co-PI Carl Bernacchi featured The Conversation, Jan. 29, 2019:

Together, more heat and more carbon dioxide may not alter quantity or nutritional quality of crops


CABBI Co-PI Carl Bernacchi featured in the Wired In column of The News-Gazette, Jan. 27, 2019:

Wired In: Carl Bernacchi


CABBI Co-PI Lisa Ainsworth will receive the 2019 National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture, NAS website, Jan. 23, 2019: 

Join us in Congratulating Elizabeth Ainsworth!


CABBI Deputy Director Don Ort part of RIPE project that addressed glitch in photorespiration, resulting in increased crop yield, Science, Jan. 4, 2019: 

Synthetic glycolate metabolism pathways stimulate crop growth and productivity in the field


July-December 2018

Conversion Theme Leader Huimin Zhao part of team that unlocked several large gene clusters for new natural products, U of I News Bureau, Dec. 31, 2018:

Unmuting Large Silent Genes Lets Bacteria Produce New Molecules, Potential Drug Candidates

Co-PI Eddie Brzostek part of team that says trees are eating too much, Science Daily, Dec. 19, 2018:

Forests, Like Humans, Require a Balanced Diet

CABBI Conversion Theme Leader Huimin Zhao joining former advisor for Nobel celebration, U of I Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering website, Dec. 7, 2018:

Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold an Inspiration to ChBE Professor

Co-PI Ting Lu publishes paper on microbial competitions, IGB website, Dec. 3, 2018

The Distance of Microbial Competitions Shapes their Community Structures

Several CABBI co-PIs on Web of Science list for papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year:

Highly Cited Researchers 2018

Co-PI Stephen P. Long’s Crops in silico¬†work featured in¬†Greenhouse Management, Nov. 30, 2018:

Plant Science on a Screen 

Co-PI Kaiyu Guan receiving an American Geophysical Union award in Earth & Space Science News, Nov. 9, 2018:

Guan Receives 2018 Global Environmental Change Early Career Award

Co-PI D.K. Lee’s $5M grant to study energy crops in R&D Magazine, Oct. 17, 2018:

DOE Invests $80 Million in Bioenergy R&D

Co-PI D.K. Lee on energy crops study, The News-Gazette video interview, Sept. 14, 2018:

Friday on the Farm with D.K. Lee

Co-PI D.K. Lee to lead new $5M DOE-funded energy crop study, iSEE website, Sept. 14, 2018:

iSEE Helps Secure $6M+ in New Research Grants for U of I Agriculture Studies

Emily Scott feature on Conversion Theme Co-PIs Ting Lu and Yong-Su Jin, IGB website, Sept. 14, 2018:

Harnessing Microbial Communities’ Division of Labor for Biofuel, Chemical Production

Co-PI Ed Cahoon on a Nebraska team’s rare discovery of new fatty acids, Nebraska Today, Aug. 27, 2018

International team makes rare discovery of new fatty acids

Co-PI Stephen P. Long, interviewed about CABBI grant, NPR and WILL, July 20, 2018:

Help or Hinder? Federal Agencies at Odds over Biofuels



From Smithsonian, Nov. 21, 2017:

Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes?

From The Chicago Tribune, Nov. 21, 2017:

Jet Fuel from Sugarcane? It’s Not a Flight of Fancy

From The Conversation, Nov. 20, 2017:

Jet Fuel from Sugarcane? It’s Not a Flight of Fancy

Stephen P. Long interview with thenakedscientists.com, Oct. 31, 2017:

Could Sugar Help Us to be Greener?

From the U of I News Bureau, Oct. 23, 2017:

Scientists: Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2

From Futurism, Sept. 14, 2017:

Sugarcane Could Create Cheaper, More Eco-Friendly Jet Fuels

January-June 2018

Co-PI Tara Hudiburg on CABBI grant in Idaho Business Review, June 1, 2018:

Grant Aids University of Idaho Biofuel Program

Co-PI Fredy Altpeter on being part of CABBI, University of Florida news blog, April 2, 2018:

UF Joins New Center to Create Fuel from Plants

CABBI’s Stephen P. Long, Donald Ort, and Vijay Singh on new $10.6M DOE ARPA-E grant, IGB website, Feb. 25, 2018:

DOE grants $10.6 million to produce more biodiesel, biojet fuel

CABBI Sustainability Deputy Theme Leader Wendy Yang interview and video, The News-Gazette, Feb. 15, 2018:

Office Hours with Aldo: Wendy Yang

CABBI Director Evan H. DeLucia, IGB Director Gene Robinson on Kickoff Celebration, The News-Gazette, Feb. 1, 2018:

Search for Sustainable Fuels Drives Researchers at UI’s New Bioenergy Center

CABBI Director Evan H. DeLucia on Kickoff Celebration, WILL’s¬†the 21st program, Feb. 1, 2018:

What is ‘Bioenergy’?

CABBI Kickoff Celebration, WCIA’s¬†illinoishomepage.net, Feb. 1, 2018:

DOE Research Center to Host Celebration

CABBI Kickoff Celebration, foxillinois.com, Feb. 1, 2018:

University of Illinois Launches Bioenergy Research Center

Gene Robinson on the CABBI Kickoff Celebration, Daily Illini, Jan. 30, 2018:

Celebration for New $115 Million Center Set for Feb. 1

D.K. Lee interviewed in the Mattoon, Ill., Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Jan. 25, 2018:

New Study Focuses on Cellulosic Biofuel Crops

CABBI Presentations

CABBI, presented by Director Evan H. DeLucia at Genomic Sciences Meeting, February 2018, Washington, D.C.

CABBI, presented by¬†Director Evan H. DeLucia at Hokkaido University’s Global Institute for Collaborative Research and Education, February 2018, Hokkaido, Japan

CABBI Overview, presented by Director Evan H. DeLucia and Theme Leaders for Kickoff Celebration, Feb. 1, 2018, Urbana, Ill.

CABBI Research Objectives, presented by Deputy Director Stephen P. Long to the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC), Nov. 2, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Overview of the Center, presented by CABBI leadership team to the U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 19, 2017, Washington, D.C.