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Tobias Baskin gave the keynote address at Deuxième Journée Scientifique du Grand Réseau de Recherche Végégetal, Agronomie et Tranformation des Agro-ressources

Tobias Baskin gave the keynote address at Deuxième Journée Scientifique du Grand Réseau de Recherche Végégetal, Agronomie et Tranformation des Agro-ressources. Oct 15th 2010, Rouen, France. His talk was titled "Plant cell walls: From synthesis to degradation" and overviewed some of the challenges and opportunites in biofuel research, emphasizing B. distachyon.

Caicedo and Hazen receive support from DOE Joint Genome Institute for sequencing project

The DOE Joint Genome Institute announces 35 projects for their 2011 Community Sequencing Program portfolio, among them a project from co-PIs Caicedo and Hazen to sequence 50 additional B. distachyon accessions.

Sue Leschine and Jeff Blanchard presented at the Clostridium 11 conference

Sue Leschine and Jeff Blanchard participated in Clostridium 11, a biennial conference held Oct. 3-6, 2010 in San Diego. Sue delivered the keynote and Jeff gave an invited talk in the Genomics session; both talks focused on Clostridium phytofermentans as a model system for converting plant biomass to biofuels and other bioproducts.

The Second Annual TIMBR Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels

Those interested in the Commonwealth's developing biofuels and bioproducts industry are invited to participate in the Second Annual Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels this April 30th. The conference is hosted by The Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research (TIMBR) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Second Annual TIMBR Conference on Cellulosic Biofuels

Qteros, UMass get biofuels patent

Qteros, Inc. in Marlborough and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have patented the fermentation method they use to make biofuel, a plant-based alternative to gasoline, using the so-called Q Microbe.

Press release: Qteros, UMass get biofuels patent