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Henrik Scheller Receives 2016 Kaj Linderstrøm-Lang Prize

The Carlsberg Foundation and the Carlsberg Research Laboratory have awarded Henrik Scheller — the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s vice president of Feedstocks — the 2016 Kaj Linderstrøm-Lang Prize for his outstanding achievements on identifying and characterizing enzymes involved in synthesis and modification of the plant cell wall. More>

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California Assembly Member Richard Bloom Visits JBEI and ABPDU

Bloom — chair of the Assembly Budget Committee on Resources and Transportation — has pushed for increasing renewable energy development and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. During his visit, Bloom learned about the latest developments in bioenergy research and bioproducts production.

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New Plant Synbio Tool Breaks With Tradition

Researchers at JBEI, in collaboration with the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division and JGI, developed a versatile system, named jStack, which utilizes yeast homologous recombination to efficiently assemble DNA into plant transformation vectors. The new approach will impact plant engineering for the bioenergy, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. More>

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JBEI volunteers at Bay Area Science Festival

For a second year, JBEI collaborated with the Bay Area Science Festival, the largest science education event in the Bay Area. JBEI hosted an Explorer Day on Oct. 27 for the public which included a tour of its labs, and on Nov. 5 JBEI’s volunteers participated at BASF’s Discovery Day at AT&T Park. JBEI’s booth featured activities to help raise awareness about the benefits of biofuels. More>

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Navigating an Ocean of Biological Data in the Modern Era

Scientists and software engineers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have developed a new -omics visualization tool, Arrowland, which combines different realms of functional genomics data in a single intuitive interface. The aim of this system is to provide scientists an easier way to navigate the ever-growing amounts of biological data generated by the postgenomic revolution. More>

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Sarah Richardson Gives Keynote at South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco Conference

Richardson, a former postdoc at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, presented a talk on the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing. The conference celebrates the power of design, technology, and business to drive global change. Watch>

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Queensland Minister for State Development Visits JBEI

JBEI welcomed Queensland Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham on Sept. 29. The visit was a follow up on the discussions initiated with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in June. Minister Lynham’s portfolio includes responsibility for the Biofutures Strategy, which Premier Palaszczuk launched in June in San Francisco. More>

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JBEI’s Sarah Richardson Will Keynote SXSW Eco 2016

Joint BioEnergy Institute postdoc Sarah Richardson will be a keynote speaker at SXSW Eco 2016 — a conference that celebrates the power of design, technology, and business to drive global change — in Austin, Texas, Oct. 10-12. Richardson’s speech will explore the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing. More>

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JBEI Scientists Explore Novel Enzyme for Aromatic Biofuel Synthesis

In a Scientific Reports (Nature) paper titled “In vitro characterization of phenylacetate decarboxylase, a novel enzyme catalyzing toluene biosynthesis in an anaerobic microbial community,” Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers investigated an enzyme that could enable first-time biochemical production of the widely used octane booster, toluene. More>

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JBEI Participates in ‘Summer of Synbio’

The Joint BioEnergy Institute collaborated with the Engineering Biology Research Consortium for the recent launch of the “summer of synbio” at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. The activity was part of the Building with Biology project, a nationwide effort to bring synthetic biologists and the public together at science museums across the U.S. this summer. More>

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