BESC has assembled a world-class team of leading experts and facilities. We are working together to develop alternative fuel solutions that are a viable and affordable option to petroleum-based fuels.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, lead institution): As the Department of Energy's (DOE) largest science and energy laboratory,
ORNL features research programs in poplar genomics, computational
science, bioenergy, and plant and microbial systems
biology. Additional resources such as supercomputers at the
ORNL National Leadership Computing Facility are being
used to investigate and simulate biomass reactions.
University of Georgia (UGA): UGA's Complex Carbohydrate
Research Center maintains state-of-the-art capabilities in
mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy,
chemical and enzymatic synthesis, computer modeling, cell
and molecular biology, and immunocytochemistry for studying
the structures of complex carbohydrates and the genes and
pathways controlling plant cell wall biosynthesis.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL): DOE's NREL has more than 30 years of experience in biomass and
biofuel research and houses premier facilities for analyzing
biomass surfaces. NREL also has a long and successful history
of establishing biofuel pilot plants and partnering with industry
for commercial development of technologies.
University of Tennessee (UT): UT conducts successful
programs in bioenergy-crop genetic and field research (particularly
switchgrass) and biotechnological applications of
Dartmouth College: Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering
is a leader in the fundamental engineering of microbial
cellulose utilization and consolidated bioprocessing
ArborGen, LLC: ArborGen provides expertise in forest genetics
research, tree development, and commercialization.
Mascoma, LLC: Mascoma develops products and applications that enable the efficient and sustainable production of fuels and chemicals from biomass sources.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation:
research foundation is devoted to improving agricultural
production and advancing the development of switchgrass
and other grasses through genomic research. The foundation's
activities are conducted through programs in agriculture, plant
biology, and forage improvement.
Ceres, Inc.: Ceres uses advanced plant breeding and biotechnology
to develop and market nonfood crops with low-carbon footprints
for next-generation biofuels and biopower.
A leader in next-generation biofuels and bioproducts,
DuPont has a conversion process under commercialization
for cellulosic ethanol from corn stover. DuPont will
test improved BESC feedstocks using its technology and,
as warranted by bench performance, progress into process development
GreenWood Resources, Inc.:
GreenWood develops and
manages sustainable environmentally certified tree farms and
is a world leader in the hybridization of fast-growing, high-yield
University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) :
explores advanced biofuels in the context of other BESC
deconstruction activities, including preliminary efforts on
consolidated bioprocessing microbes for advanced biofuels
and metabolic engineering to develop nonethanol products.
University of North Texas (UNT):
UNT research focuses
on using metabolic engineering to produce plant-derived
chemicals that could be used, for example, to create biorenewable
products and improve the quality of forage crops.
Individual Cornell researchers focus
on cellulose and enzyme modeling, lignin biochemistry, and
the characterization of plant-associated microbes.
West Virginia University (WVU):
As part of an ongoing
association study of Populus supported by the National Science
Foundation, WVU researchers have been developing
analytical and technical tools that will be directly applicable in
BESC's association mapping component.