Feedstock Production: Growing the Right Crops

The scientists in this theme will employ the “plants-as-factories” paradigm, in which biofuels, bioproducts, high-value molecules, and foundation molecules for conversion are synthesized directly in plant stems. This plants-as-factories approach circumvents the challenges of developing efficient lignocellulose deconstruction methods, while still retaining residual biomass for deconstruction by traditional or emerging methods.The main thrust of projects will be on high-yielding grasses throughout the rain-fed eastern U.S., including on marginal soils. CABBI will focus on Sorghum, Sugarcane, Energycane, and Miscanthus. Sorghum and Sugarcane are the world’s highest biomass producers with demonstrated potential for accumulation of oil in vegetative biomass after successful metabolic engineering.

Stephen Moose: Theme Leader

Moose, a Professor of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has more than 20 years of experience directing projects from a wide range of funding institutions, including federal agencies such as DOE, NSF and USDA as well as from companies including Pioneer, BP, Hi Fidelity Genetics, and BASF. He develops new approaches to increase yields with lower input costs and to help mitigate environmental issues associated with nitrogen. His work reveals how genes cooperate to control plant traits important to both productivity and nutritional quality. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics and Crop Science in 1995 at North Carolina State University.

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Matthew Hudson: Deputy Theme Leader

Hudson, a Professor of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, uses supercomputing and DNA sequencing to solve problems in plant, animal, and human genetics. His current research uses computational biology, bioinformatics, high-performance computing, genome sequencing and molecular biology to study how crops are bred and on ways to treat and prevent plant, animal, and human diseases. He is particularly interested in the genetics of crop traits and the genetic and molecular interactions of crops with pathogens, pests, and other organisms. He received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1998 from the University of Leicester.

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The Research Team

Lisa Ainsworth

Associate Professor of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Fredy Altpeter

Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Florida

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Brian Baldwin

Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University

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Edgar Cahoon

Professor of Biochemistry and Director of Plant Science Innovation, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Li-Qing Chen

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Thomas Clemente

Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology, Center for Plant Science Innovation, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Anna Hale

Research Geneticist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Houma, LA

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Andrew Leakey

Associate Professor of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Chang-Jun Liu

Researcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory

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Stephen P. Long

Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Amy Marshall-Colón

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Donald Ort

Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Nancy Reichert

Professor of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University

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Daniel Rokhsar

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, University of California at Berkeley

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Erik Sacks

Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Jörg Schwender

Researcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory

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John Shanklin

Researcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory

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Anthony Studer

Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Kankshita Swaminathan

Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology

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Changcheng Xu

Researcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory

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