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Biomass Energy

Assembly of a Lignin Modification Toolbox
  • “Using Arabidopsis to Learn about Lignin.” Bioenergy Systems Research Institute, University of Georgia, Athens GA, April 2011.
  • “A Tale of Three P450s,” Department of Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, October 2010.
  • “Lignin: An Extracellular Polymer with Unique Biochemical Plasticity,” ASPB 2010, Montreal PQ, July 2010.
  • “Lignification of plant cell walls: a milestone in plant evolution,” Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, invited Seminar, April 2010.
  • “Lignification of Plant Cell Walls: a Milestone in Plant Evolution,” University of Massachusetts – Amherst, invited Seminar, March 2010.
  • “Assembly of a Lignin Modification Toolbox,” Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University, CA, invited Seminar, October 2009.
  • “Lignification of Plant Cell Walls: a Milestone in Plant Evolution,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, invited Seminar, May 2009.
  • “Genetics and Biochemistry of Lignin Biosynthesis in Land Plants,” University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnessota, invited Seminar, April 2009.
Directed Evolution and Genomic Analysis of Novel Yeast Species for More Efficient Biomass Conversion.
  • Kroll, J., J. Piotrowski, K. Chiotti, B. Dunn, G. Sherlock, and F. Rosenzweig. “Directed Evolution of Interspecific Yeast Hybrids for Improved Biomass Conversion.” Presentation, Big Sky Yeast Conference, Bozeman, MT January 2008.
  • Wenger, J., K. Schwartz, and G. Sherlock. “The Xylose Metabolic Pathway is Transcriptionally Regulated in Naturally Occurring Yeast Strains Capable of Utilizing Xylose”, Poster, Yeast Genetics Meeting, Toronto, July 2008.
  • Kroll, J., J. Piotrowski, K. Chiotti, B. Dunn, G. Sherlock, and F. Rosenzweig. “Directed Evolution of Interspecific Yeast Hybrids for Improved Biomass Conversion”, Poster, Stanford, California, October 2007.
Efficient Biomass Conversion: Delineating the Best Lignin Monomer Substitutes
  • Zhu, Y., Y. Tobimatsu, H. Kim, C. Davidson, J. H. Grabber and J. Ralph. Identifying new lignin bioengineering targets: Hydrophilic monolignol surrogates. 243rd National Meeting of American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, 2012
  • Tobimatsu, Y., J. H. Grabber, P. Mitra, A. Wagner, L. Donaldson, C. L. Davidson, D. Loque and J. Ralph. Fluorescence-tagged monolignols: New approaches to the study of cell wall lignification. 243rd National Meeting of American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, 2012.
  • Elumalai, S., J. H. Grabber, J. Ralph, and X. Pan. “Evaluating the Response of Articially Lignied Maize Cell Wall Pretreatments and Hydrolysis.” 16th International Symposium on Wood, Fiber, and Pulping Chemistry, Tanjing, China, 2011.
  • Elumalai, S., J. Grabber, J. Ralph, and X. Pan. “Evaluating the Response of Artificially Lignified Maize Cell Wall to Pretreatments and Enzymatic Hydrolysis,” Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Wood, Fiber and Pulping Chemistry, Paper # 535, Tianjin, China, June 8-10, 2011.
  • Zhu, Y., Y. Tobimatsu, J. H. Grabber, and J. Ralph. “Potential Monolignol Replacements: Synthesis and Lignication of β-Hydroxycinnamoyl Glucosides and Monolignol γ-Glucosides,” Global Climate and Energy Project Annual Symposium, Stanford, California, 2010.
  • Tobimatsu, Y., Y. Zhu, H. Kim, F. Lu, J. H. Grabber, and J. Ralph. “Potential Monolignol Replacements: Lignication with Guaiacyl Butenol, Feruloyl Methoxytyramine, and Rosmarinic Acid,” Global Climate and Energy Project Annual Symposium, Stanford, California, 2010.
  • Ress, D. K., J. N. Rehbeck, W. Maier, H. Kim, F. Lu, J. Ralph, C. Davidson and J. H. Grabber. “Potential Monolignol Replacements: Synthetic Strategies Toward Phenolic and Diferulate Esters of Avan-3-ols, Tartaric Acid and Glucose.” Global Climate and Energy Project Annual Symposium, Stanford, California, 2010.
  • Ralph, J., X. Pan, S. Patterson, F. Lu, H. Kim, Y. Zhu, D. K. Ress, M. Opietnik, Y. Tobimatsu, T. Fabel, S. Elumali, C. Davidson, and J. H. Grabber. “Altering Lignin Biosynthesis for Improved Biomass Conversion [Efficient Biomass Conversion: Delineating the Best Lignin Monomer [substitutes]”, Global Climate and Energy Project Working Group Meeting, Stanford, California, 2010.
  • Opietnik, M., P. F. Schatz, H. Kim, C. Davidson, J. H. Grabber, and J. Ralph. “Potential Monolignol Replacements: Synthesis of Feruloyl Quinic Acids and Feruloyl Threitols.” Global Climate and Energy Project Annual Symposium, Stanford, California, 2010.
  • Grabber, J. H., J. Ralph, D. K. Ress, and X. Pan. “Incorporation of Epicatechin Esters into Lignin Enhances Cell Wall Fermentability.” 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida, Paper #15139, 2010.
  • Grabber, J. H., J. Ralph, and X. Pan. “Identifying New Lignin Bioengineering Targets: Monolignol Substitute Impacts on Lignin Formation and Cell Wall Utilization,” 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida, Paper #15069, 2010.
  • Elumalai, S., J. H. Grabber, J. Ralph, and X. Pan. “Microscale Analysis and Pretreatment Methods for Evaluating the Delignication Response of Articially Lignied Cell Walls Containing Novel Monolignols,” Global Climate and Energy Project Annual Symposium, Stanford, California, 2010.
  • Bolivar, J., T. Fabel, S. Patterson, J. H. Grabber, and J. Ralph. “In Vitro Culture Systems to Test Lignication and Cell Wall Digestibility,” Global Climate and Energy Project Annual Symposium, Stanford, California, 2010.
  • Ralph, J., H. Kim, F. Lu, D. K. Ress, Y. Tobimatsu, X. Pan, S. Patterson and J. H. Grabber. Efficient Biomass Conversion: Delineating the Best Monolignol Substitutes (introductory overview). Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University, California, 2010.
  • Grabber, J. H., J. Ralph, D. K. Ress and X. Pan. “Incorporation of Epicatechin Esters into Lignin Enhances Cell Wall Fermentability,” Paper #15139, 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida, 2010.
  • Grabber, J. H., J. Ralph and X. Pan. “Identifying New Lignin Bioengineering Targets: Monolignol Substitute Impacts on Lignin Formation and Cell Wall Utilization,” Paper #15069, 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida, 2010.
  • Ress, D. K., Y. Tobimatsu, H. Kim, F. Lu, J. Ralph, C. Davidson and J. H. Grabber. “Development of a Systems Based Lignification Archetype Using Unconventional Lignin Monomer Substitutes,” Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University, CA, 2009.
  • Ralph, J., H. Kim, F. Lu, D. K. Ress, Y. Tobimatsu, X. Pan, S. Patterson, and J. H. Grabber. “Efficient Biomass Conversion: Delineating the Best Monolignol Substitutes (introductory overview),” Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University, CA, 2009.
  • Ralph,J., J. H. Grabber, F. Lu, H. Kim, J. M. Marita, and R. D. Hatfield. “Incorporation of Monolignol Conjugates into Lignin for Improved Processing,” IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference, Whistler, BC, Canada, 2009.
  • Ralph, J. “Modification of Cell Wall Structure to Improve Biomass Processing.” Scion Seminar Series, Scion, Rotorua, New Zealand, 2009.
  • Ralph, J., J. H. Grabber, F. Lu, H. Kim, J. M. Marita, and R. D. Hatfield. “Designing Lignins for Improved Biomass Processing.” Global Climate and Energy Change (GCEP) Research Symposium, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, October 1-3, 2008.
  • Ralph, J., R. D. Hatfield, J. H. Grabber, F. Lu, H. Kim, and J. M. Marita. “Designing Lignins for Improved Biomass Processing.” FuncFiber International Symposium on the Biology and Biotechnology of Wood, p 14. Umeå, Sweden, March 10-12, 2008, 2008.
  • Ralph, J. “A Basis for Overcoming the 'Lignin Problem' in Biomass Conversion.” Contemporary Biochemistry, Biofuels Seminar Series, Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Building, U. Wisconsin-Madison, 2008.
Genetic Engineering of Cellulose Accumulation
  • Milne, J., Khitrov, N., Somerville, C., Poster presentation, GCEP Symposium, September 18th-19th, 2006. Accumulation of Cellulose for Enhanced Biomass Milne, J., Khitrov, N., Somerville, C., Speaker, GCEP Symposium, June 13th-16th, 2005. Genetic Engineering of Cellulose Accumulation.
  • Milne, J., N. Khitrov, and C. Somerville. “Genetic Engineering of Cellulose Accumulation.” Speaker, GCEP Symposium, June 13th-16th, 2005.
Novel Mutants Optimized for Lignin, Growth and Biofuel Production via Re-Mutagenesis
  • Presentation. BBSRC/South East Asia Workshop on Biofuels. Hanoi, Vietnam, February 2011. Presentation. College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Annual Symposium, Crieff Hydro Hotel, Scotland, March 2011.
  • Halpin, C. "Lignin Biosynthesis and Manipulation", Gordon Conference on Cellulosomes, Cellulases & Other Carbohydrate Modifying Enzymes, Proctor Academy, Andover, New Hampshire, July 26-31, 2009.
  • Halpin, C. “Barley Straw – A Fuel for the Future?” BCPC09, British Crop Production Council Congress, Glasgow, UK, November 2009.
 

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