Based on our vision of Midwestern regional system for producing advanced transportation fuels and bioproducts using perennial grasses grown on marginal lands, our research efforts are concentrated on ten objectives:
- Developing cultivars and hybrids of perennial grasses optimized for bioenergy production.
- Developing sustainable production systems that optimize perennial biomass yields and ecosystem services.
- Developing flexible, efficient, and sustainable logistics systems.
- Identifying and characterizing sustainable bioenergy systems to achieve social, economic, and environmental goals and understand socioeconomic and environmental consequences of perennial bioenergy systems.
- Identifying germplasm characteristics amenable to pyrolytic conversion and evaluating performance of pyrolytic biofuels.
- Evaluating policy, market, and contract mechanisms to facilitate broad adoption by farmers.
- Developing procedures for managing risks and protecting health for each component of the biofuel production chain.
- Providing interdisciplinary education and engagement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Developing outreach programs for all stakeholders within the bioenergy system.
- Commercializing perennial grasses.