WEI in the News: June media mentions

This month, news coverage includes the discovery of a new yeast species by a student researcher, a genetic plant discovery that's all about the flowers, the potential of plant oils as a biofuel source, and more.

The innovative research being done at UW-Madison is something that can hardly be missed by the public. Below is some of our energy experts' cutting-edge research that has been publicized in the media this month.

Interview: The next generation bioeconomy

Dr. John Uhlrich, Editor-in-Chief of Energy Technology, talks to Professor Christos Maravelias of UW–Madison, and Dr. Jeffrey Herron, now of The Dow Chemical Company, about their recent article on a systems level approach to biomass upgrading strategies for the next-generation biorefinery.

Doctors warn of health risks in withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the UW-Madison, discusses the impact of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Newly discovered gene could increase plant yields

Researchers in the lab of Richard Amasino, a professor of biochemistry in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, have identified the gene that keeps grasses from entering their flowering cycle until the right time, which could help plant breeders and engineers get more from food and energy crops.

Virent moves biofuels closer to market as new CEO takes over

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center director Tim Donohue discusses the potential of Virent, a UW–Madison spinoff that produces biofuel alternatives based on research from Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, James Dumesic.

Makin’ money in muddy waters with a magic molecule

Biofuels Digest explores in detail how James Dumesic is turning the molecule gamma valerolactone (GVL) into a tool for biofuel conversion.

UW-Madison student discovers new yeast species in Green Bay, names it for Packers

Max Haase, a student researcher in the lab of Chris Hittinger, an assistant professor of genetics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, discovered a new species of yeast which he named "Lanorium" in homage to the Green Bay Packers.