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A major part of the GLBRC mission is dedicated to achieving technology transfer and large-scale commercialization of cost-effective biofuels technologies, as well as bringing technological advances to the marketplace and recruiting the industrial community to participate in relevant research programs.

In order to fulfill these goals, GLBRC researchers partner with industry to collaborate on relevant bioenergy-related research initiatives, and to transition our basic research to the industrial scale.

Below, find a list of technologies developed at MSU with GLBRC support now available for commercial license.

At the GLBRC, Plants researchers are developing the next generation of biomass-trait-improved crops. Because crops will continue to be grown for food and feed in the future, research focused on enhancing plants with desirable energy traits must be pursued without sacrificing grain yield and quality.

Gene for Zipped Lignin Production in Plants

Gene for p-Coumarate Knock Down

Gene for Low Calorie Low Viscosity Vegetable Oil

Increase of Oil Content in Vegetative Tissues

High Starch in Plant Leaves at Harvest

An Economical and Potent Mixture to Induce Cellulolytic Enzymes Production at High Concentration

Downstream Fractionation of Extractive AFEX Lignin Streams

Uranium Removal with Protein Nanowires

Gene to Increase Gluco-Mannan Content in Plants

Engineered WRINKLED1 Transcription Factor with Increased Stability and Enhanced Oil Production

14-3-3 Protein Overexpression to Enhance Plant Oil Production

Increased Cellulosic Ethanol Productivity through Enzyme Recycling and Yeast Cells Reuse


Located at the intersection of the U.S.’s agricultural heartland and its northern forests, the GLBRC has access to a rich diversity of raw biomass for study. The Center's Deconstruction research focuses on identifying the best combinations of enzymes, chemicals, and physical processing methods for enhancing the digestibility of specific biomass sources.

Method to Increase Calorific Content and Enhanced Nutritional Value of Plant Biomass

Gene for Increasing Level of Methylesterified Homogalacturonan for Improving Digestibility of Plant Biomasses

A Novel Extractive Ammonia Fiber Expansion (AFEX) Process

Alpha-Xylosidase: A New Enzyme for Enhancing Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Fermentable Sugars

Utility Promoters for Biomass Feedstock Biotechnology

Increase of Cellulose Biosynthesis



Review the full list of GLBRC technologies available for license.

Review the full list of GLBRC technologies available for liense, via Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)