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December 2011 ABe-Notes

Welcome to the final 2011 edition of ABe-Notes! As always, we welcome your news items. The deadline for inclusion if the 10th of each month and publication is the Monday following.

Funded Projects

Project Director: Dennis  Buckmaster
Proposal Title: Improving Agricultural Management with Autogenic Mobile Technology

Collaborators: Dan Ess, Aaron Ault, Jim Krogmeier, Mark Tucker

Funds: $480,000

Dates: 2012-2016

Graduate News for December

Parameterization posterElizabeth Trybula, Cibin Raj, Jennifer Burks, Indrajeet Chaubey, Sylvie Brouder, and Jeff Volenec earned the 3rd Place prize at the 2011 ESE Symposium Poster Competition in November. Their poster was entitled, "Parameterization of Perennial Bioenergy Feedstock Grasses Miscanthus x giganteus and Upland Shawnee Switchgrass Cultivar in the SWAT Model Using a Multi-Disciplinary Approach. In addition to ABE, Ecological Sciences and Engineering, Agronomy, Political Science, and Earth and Atmospheric Science were represented on this multidisciplinary team. Congratulations!

Jing Liu has received an A.H. Ismail Interdisciplinary Program Doctoral Research Travel Award. He will be attending the Single Molecule Approaches to Biology Conference.

Publications

Professors Ladisch and Mosier  were co-investigators in the Biomass Refining Consortium for Applied Fundamentals and Innovation (CAFI), a multi-institutional team working on technology for cellulosic biofuel production.  The CAFI team jointly published 8 papers in a special issue of Bioresource Technology (Issue 102 Volume 24).

Wyman, C.E.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; Elander, R.T.; Falls, M.; Hames, B.; Holtzapple, M.T.; Ladisch, M.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Mosier, N.S.; Pallapolu, V.R.; Shi, J.; Thomas, S.R.; Warner, R.E. “Comparative data on effects of leading pretreatments and enzyme loadings and formulations on sugar yields from different switchgrass sources,” Bioresource Technology, 102(24): 11052-11062 (2011).

Garlock, R.J.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; Pallapolu, V.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Kim, Y.; Mosier, N.S.; Ladisch, M.R.; Holtzapple, M.T.;  Falls, M.; Sierra-Ramirez, R.; Shi, J.; Ebrik, M.A.; Redmond, T.; Yang, B.; Wyman, C.E.; Donohoe, B.S.; Vinzant, T.B.; Elander, R.T.; Hames, B.; Thomas, S.; Warner, R.E. “Comparative material balances around pretreatment technologies for the conversion of switchgrass to soluble sugars,” Bioresource Technology, 102(24): 11063-11071 (2011).

Falls, M.; Shi, J.; Ebrik, M.A.; Redmond, T.; Yang, B.; Wyman, C.E.; Garlock, R.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; Pallapolu, V.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Kim, Y. Mosier, N.S.; Ladisch, M.R.; Hames, B.; Thomas, S.; Donohoe, B.S.; Vinzant, T.B.; Elander, R.T.; Warner, R.E.; Sierra-Ramirez, R.; Holtzapple, M.T. “Investigation of enzyme formulation on pretreated switchgrass,” Bioresource Technology 102(24): 11072-11079 (2011).

Shi, J.; Ebrik, M.A.; Yang, B.; Garlock, R.J.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; V. Pallapolu, V.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Kim, Y.; Mosier, N.S.; Ladisch, M.R.; Falls, M.; Holtzapple, M.T.; Sierra-Ramirez, R.; Donohoe, B.S.; Vinzant, T.B.; Elander, R.T.;  Hames, B.; Thomas, S.; Warner, R.E.; Wyman, C.E. “Application of cellulase and hemicellulase to pure xylan, pure cellulose, and switchgrass solids from leading pretreatments,” Bioresource Technology 102(24): 11080-11088 (2011).

Kim, Y.; Mosier, N.S.; Ladisch, M.R.; Pallapolu, V.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Garlock, R.J.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; Donohoe, B.S.; Vinzant, T.B.; Elander, R.T.; Falls, M.; Holtzapple, M.T.; Sierra-Ramirez, R.; Shi, J.; Ebrik, M.A.; Redmond, T.; Yang, B.; Wyman, C.E.; Warner, R.E. “Comparative study on enzymatic digestibility of switchgrass varieties and harvests processed by leading pretreatment technologies,” Bioresource Technology 102(24): 11089-11096 (2011).

Donohoe, B.S.; Vinzant, T.B.; Elander, R.T.; Pallapolu, V.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Garlock, R.J.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; Kim, Y.; Mosier, N.S.; Ladisch, M.R.; Falls, M.; Holtzapple, M.T.; Sierra-Ramirez, R.; Shi, J.; Ebrik, M.A.; Redmond, T.; Yang, B.; Wyman, C.E.; Hames, B.; Thomas, S.; Warner, R.E. “Surface and ultrastructural characterization of raw and pretreated switchgrass,” Bioresource Technology 102(24): 11097-11104 (2011).

Tao, L.; Aden, A.; Elander, R.T.; Pallapolu, V.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Garlock, R.J.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; Kim, Y.; Mosier, N.S.; Ladisch, M.R.; Falls, M.; Holtzapple, M.T.; Sierra-Ramirez, R.; Shi, J.; Ebrik, M.A.; Redmond, T.; Yang, B.; Wyman, C.E.; Hames, B.; Thomas, S.; Warner, R.E. “Process and technoeconomic analysis of leading pretreatment technologies for lignocellulosic ethanol production using switchgrass,” Bioresource Technology 102(24): 11105-11114 (2011).

Pallapolu, V.R.; Lee, Y.Y.; Garlock, R.J.; Balan, V.; Dale, B.E.; Kim, Y.; Mosier, N.S.; Ladisch, M.R.; Falls, M.; Holtzapple, M.T.; Sierra-Ramirez, R.; Shi, J.; Ebrik, M.A.; Redmond, T.; Yang, B.; Wyman, C.E.; Donohoe, B.S.; Vinzant, T.B.; Elander, R.T.; Hames, B.; Thomas, S.; Warner, R.E. “Effects of enzyme loading and β-glucosidase supplementation on enzymatic hydrolysis of switchgrass processed by leading pretreatment technologies,” Bioresource Technology 102(24): 11115-11120 (2011).

Thesis Defenses for December

Steve Riedel (MS), “Estimation of the Frequency, Severity, and Primary Causative Factors Associated with Injuries and Fatalities Involving Confined Spaces in Agriculture” – Monday, November 28, 2011 2:00 pm ABE 301

Yihong Zhan (PhD), "Microfluidic Electroporation for Gene Delivery and Cellular Analysis" - Monday, December 5, 2011 9:30 am ABE 301

Md. Shahriar Karim (MS), "Analysis of Stochastic Receptor Signaling in BMP Pathways" - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:30 pm ABE 301

Xiaoying Yang (MS), "Evaluation of Bioimage Normalization Strategies to Quantify Morphogen Gradient" - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:00 am ABE 301

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