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A new study co-written by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, and Xiaoguang Chen, of the U. of I. Energy Biosciences Institute, quantifies the role that factors such as economies of scale and learning-by-doing played in reducing the processing costs of corn ethanol.

Policies, learning-by-doing played important role in reducing ethanol costs

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 12, 2012

A new study co-authored by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, and Xiaoguang Chen, of the U. of I. Energy Biosciences Institute, quantifies the role that factors such as economies of scale and learning-by-doing played in reducing the processing costs of corn ethanol.

Published Date: April 12, 2012


University of Illinois crops sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Stephen Long is leading the effort to engineer new crops to ramp up production of biodiesel and plant-based jet fuels.

Team aims to make sugarcane, sorghum into oil-producing crops

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2012

With the support of a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, researchers will take the first steps toward engineering two new oil-rich crops.

Published Date: March 1, 2012


These Bt corn plants in LaSalle County, Illinois, have fallen over (lodged) as a result of rootworm damage. Like other Bt plants that are becoming susceptible to rootworm damage in Iowa, these corn plants contain the Cry3Bb1 Bt protein in a field planted year after year in corn expressing the same Bt protein.

Researcher tracks agricultural overuse of bug-killing technology

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 29, 2012

High corn prices are leading many growers to plant corn every year and to overuse pesticides and other bug-killing technology to maximize yields, researchers report in a new study.

Published Date: February 29, 2012


Proximity to human settlements or tourist sites was the best predictor of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Galpagos reptiles. Land iguanas such as this lizard on Isla Fernandina live in remote locations with no human contact and are unlikely to carry resistance genes.

Patterns of antibiotic-resistant bacteria seen in Galpagos reptiles

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 23, 2012

Land and marine iguanas and giant tortoises living close to human settlements or tourist sites in the Galpagos Islands were more likely to harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria than those living in more remote or protected sites on the islands, researchers report in a new study.

Published Date: January 23, 2012


Among the many variables the new computer model takes into account, harvest timing and technology is key. Here a traditional baler is used to harvest Miscanthus x giganteus, a tall perennial grass that can be harvested in late fall or winter.

From field to biorefinery: Computer model optimizes biofuel operations

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 17, 2012

Research into biofuel crops such as switchgrass and Miscanthus has focused mainly on how to grow these crops and convert them into fuels. But many steps lead from the farm to the biorefinery, and each could help or hinder the growth of this new industry. A new computer model developed at the University of Illinois can simplify this transition, researchers say.

Published Date: January 17, 2012