| Terry Devitt

A $10 million commercial biotech plant laboratory in Middleton, Wisconsin, first opened in 1982 with the help of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists, will soon become part of UW–Madison following a donation from Monsanto Co.

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Plant Genetics & Breeding

| Leslie Shown

A University of Wisconsin–Madison team will receive $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct a three-year study on the “dairy-water-energy nexus,” which captures relationships among dairy farm operations, water use and quality, and energy use.

Water, Modeling

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Ronald Raines, the Henry Lardy Professor of Biochemistry, earned two national awards over the holiday. He was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and also received the Vincent du Vigneaud Award from the American Peptide Society (APS).

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Education & Outreach

| Natasha Kassulke

We are not alone. Each of us carries a wide array of microbial species that outnumber our cells tenfold. Recent studies have shown that the complement of microorganisms, the microbiome, is an important determinant of human health and disease.

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Conversion