✅ Good for the farmer
✅ Good for the environment

An #ILLINOIS research team led by @Kaiyu_Guan received $3.3 million from @ENERGY to develop a system to measure GHG emissions from commercial #bioenergy crops.

➡️ https://go.illinois.edu/DOE_BioenergyGrant

Check out this @naturemagazine article on Illinois' sustainable labs effort. We were excited to be a part of it! https://www.nature.com/articles/d42473-019-00288-0

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IGB Symposium Celebrates Discovery

To register and view the full agenda, visit rubiscosymposium.igb.illinois.edu.

University of Illinois iGEM Team: Cleaning up our Crops

The Illinois iGEM team is tackling glyphosate to clean up herbicides. This fall, they presented their research in Boston.

iBioFAB: Reimagining our Approach to Synthetic Biology

Foundry automates research, allows scientists to concentrate on planning and building experiments.

Getting to the Root: Finzi Lab Team at the Illinois Energy Farm

Ryan Quinn and Julia Masterman traveled from the East Coast to the Midwestern heartland to do some digging into what’s going on below the surface of bioenergy.

CABBI, Researchers in the Headlines

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CABBI Co-PI Ed Cahoon part of new team developing bio-based jet fuel, Dec. 17, 2019

Grant to Support Development of Bio-Jet Fuel Processing Technology


CABBI Co-PIs Lisa Ainsworth, Tom Clemente, and Ed Cahoon named 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, Nov. 26, 2019

AAAS Announces Leading Scientists Elected as 2019 Fellows


CABBI Co-PI Emily Heaton Iowa State SABR fields carbon perennials, energy grasses, and carbon sequestration, NBC’s Today Show, Nov. 24, 2019

Inside the Growing Shift toward Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Farming


CABBI Conversion Theme Leader Huimin Zhao and others on the iBioFAB and use of AI to create new chemicals, University of Illinois News Bureau, Nov. 13, 2019:

Artificial Intelligence to Run the Chemical Factories of the Future


CABBI Deputy Director Vijay Singh part of study on improved ethanal production, University of Illinois College of ACES News, Nov. 4, 2019

Fractionation Processes Yield Higher-Quality Byproducts, Improve Profitability of Ethanol Production

CABBI Co-PI Jonathan Sweedler honored with No. 1 ranking on The Power List 2019 by The Analytical Scientist, Nov. 1, 2019:

The Top 100


CABBI Integration Lead Ximing Cai honored as a 2019 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow, Aug. 15, 2019:

iSEE Associate Director Ximing Cai Named a 2019 AGU Fellow


CABBI Co-PI David Flaherty receives a 2019 DOE award from Early Career Research, Aug. 4, 2019:

Announcement of 2019 Awards for the Early Career Research Program


CABBI Co-PI James Dumesic receives the Eni 2019 Energy Transition award, July 18, 2019:

Eni Awards Innovation in Energy: Winners of the Eni Award 2019 Announced


CABBI Co-PI Tara Hudiburg receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, July 2, 2019:

Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

April-June 2019

Conversion Theme Leader Huimin Zhao wins the 2019 Enzyme Engineering Award from Engineering Conferences International, engconf.org, June 25, 2019:

2019 Enzyme Engineering Award


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, Courthouse News, June 18, 2019:

Irrigation — and Dwindling Water Supplies — 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

January-March 2019

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


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


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

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.