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Research Project: Biochemical Technologies to Enable the Commercial Production of Biofuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass

Location: Bioenergy Research

Project Number: 5010-41000-162-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Aug 21, 2014
End Date: Aug 20, 2019

Objective:
Objective 1. Develop technologies that enable the commercial production of marketable lipid-based advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass hydrolyzates. Objective 2. In collaboration with industrial biorefiners, develop technologies that enable widespread commercial production of cellulosic ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass. Objective 3. Develop technologies that serve as co-products for lignocelluloses based refineries and as antibiotic alternatives for use in agriculture and animal production.

Approach:
Goal 1. Develop oleaginous yeast and associated processes for converting hydrolyzates of lignocellulosic biomass to lipids for biodiesel and valuable co-products for other uses. Goal 2. Apply novel patented stress-tolerant yeast strains under commercial conditions to convert hydrolyzates of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol. Goal 3. Develop protective soil bacteria and yeast engineered with bacterial AMP genes for cultivation on biorefinery substrates to supply new antimicrobials for animals and agriculture.

Last Modified: 06/22/2017
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