Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Poplar Genome at 10

When the poplar genome sequence, generated by the DOE Joint Genome Institute, was published in the September 15, 2006 issue of the journal Science, we planted a commemorative sapling on our front lawn that was clonally propagated from the poplar or black cottonwood tree, Populus trichocarpa, whose DNA was used for the study.

READ MORE AT...... http://jgi.doe.gov/2006-2016-poplar-genome-10-anniversary/

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Creative Discovery Museum receives the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Pinnacle Award

The Pinnacle Award is given annually, by the CILC, to organizations that receive
outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators and other end users. Receiving the award indicates remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional
skill at program delivery.” -CILC

The Creative Discovery Museum website - http://www.cdmfun.org/ -

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mark Davis to Lead Biosciences Center at NREL


NREL Names Mark Davis to Lead Biosciences Center - Dr. Mark Davis is the new director of the Biosciences Center at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

UNT Researchers Discover Potential New Paths for Plant-Based Bioproducts

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Plant science researchers at the University of North Texas have found potential new pathways for the creation of plant-based bioproducts. The research is outlined in a new article in the journal Nature Plants.

The UNT research team was working as part of the US Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center coordinated by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The team looked into the roles of enzymes that convert amino acids into lignin in Brachypodium, a fast-growing model grass with a sequenced genome. Lignin is a substance that makes plants woody and firm, and, although it is an impediment to the processing of feedstocks for biofuels, it can be used to create a variety of bioproducts, including materials such as carbon fiber.

"As we studied the way different amino acids are converted to lignin, we found that there may be a new and unrecognized pathway for making lignin in grasses," said UNT Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon. "A new pathway means potential for engineering more lignin in plants that don't possess that pathway, as well as an additional way of modifying lignin in grasses. This provides new opportunities for the synthesis of high value, high volume bioproducts that could significantly improve the economics of the bioenergy industry."

READ MORE .... http://news.unt.edu/news-releases/unt-researchers-discover-potential-new-paths-plant-based-bioproducts