Michigan State University BioEconomy Network works to create and sustain new research opportunities by increasing government, foundation and corporate research funding. Many research opportunities in this sector require interdisciplinary contributions.
At MSU, faculty from many disciplines engage in significant bioeconomy-related research, including researchers from the Colleges of Natural Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Social Science and Communication Arts and Sciences, as well as the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station and MSU Extension.
Notable among these efforts is the DOE-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (glbrc.org), a $142M multidisciplinary project involving more than 30 MSU faculty in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The GLBRC's goal is to overcome the technical bottlenecks for the sustainable production of next generation biofuels.
The following are a few other examples of bioeconomy research, illustrating MSU's impact throughout the bioeconomy pipeline, from biomass production to processing, conversion and commercialization. The stories about these projects feature MSU's well-known "culture of collaboration," which has attracted top scientists from across the United States.
- Understanding plant metabolism (Dean Della Penna)
- MSU wins federal funds to create biofuel research center with Michigan Tech (Ray Miller)
- Nanotechnology makes it easy to be green (Lawrence Drzal)
- Boosting plant oil production (Benning and Ohlrogge)
- The greening of brownfields (Kurt Thelen)
Commercialization and Economic Development
- Expanding the bioeconomy with woody biomass
- Woody biomass for energy in Michigan
- MSU revs up efforts to get biofuels in gas tanks (Dennis Miller)
- The magic of starch (Ramani Narayan)
- The bioeconomy below zero (Kris Berglund)
- MSU leverages public, private funds for farm waste-to-energy project (Steve Safferman)
- MSU research says corn is most profitable cellulosic biofuel crop in Michigan (Scott Swinton)
- MSU researchers help lead international carbon assessment project (David Skole)
- Greenhouse gas policy paper wins Harvard competition (Jinhua Zhao)
- Knight Center Summit to Explore Innovative Economic Models to Support Quality Environmental Journalism