The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to breakthroughs at the Bioenergy Research Centers


Over 10 years (2007–2017), three Bioenergy Research Centers produced multiple breakthroughs in the form of deepened understanding of sustainable biomass production practices, targeted re-engineering of biomass feedstocks, development of new methods for deconstructing feedstocks, and engineering of microbes for more effective production of a diverse range of biofuels. These successes are being leveraged in the next phase of DOE bioenergy research and expanded from a focus on ethanol and advanced biofuels to include the development of bioproducts. These bioproducts are nonpharmaceutical chemicals that directly replace or substitute for chemicals currently derived from petroleum or natural gas and novel chemicals that cannot be efficiently produced from petroleum.

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