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Feature Article in Nature on "Genomics of Cellulosic Biofuels" by Director of DOE Joint Genome Institute
Published: August 11, 2008
Posted: August 20, 2008

The August 14 issue of Nature has an invited review, "Genomics of Cellulosic Biofuels," by Eddy Rubin, Director of the DOE Joint Genome Institute. The article describes the enormous promise for development of new routes to cellulosic biofuels from genomic sequencing of plants (sources of biomass precursors of liquid fuels) and microbes (sources of enzymes and pathways to convert biomass to liquid fuels). Rubin lays out a path for how emerging genomic technologies will contribute to a substantially different biofuels future compared to todays corn-based ethanol industry, mitigating, in part, the food-versus-fuel debate. Rubin concludes that Genomic information gathered from across the biosphere, including potential energy crops and microorganisms able to break down biomass, will be vital for improving the prospects of significant cellulose biofuel production. This describes a key foundation of SCs Bioenergy Research Centers and the Genomics:GTL program.

Contact: Dan Drell, SC-23.2, (301) 903-4742
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Genomic Analysis and Systems Biology
  • Research Area: Microbes and Communities
  • Research Area: Plant Systems and Feedstocks, Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Research Area: DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI)
  • Research Area: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts
  • Research Area: DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC)

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER


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