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Leading the bioenergy initiative

Professor Stephen P. Long is at the forefront of bioenergy research.

Long, Robert Emerson Professor of crop sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and a professor of plant biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been conducting research on Miscanthus, a perennial grass, for years.

Steve Long, Urbana professor and researcher

Long, who also has an appointment at the Institute for Genomic Biology, is the Urbana lead for the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), announced in February 2007. Funded by $500 million from energy company BP, EBI is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Urbana's role in the project focuses on plant materials for the production of biofuels.The initiative will explore how adequate supplies of high quality plant biomass can be sustainably produced and utilized in facilities that convert the biomass to fuels. More than 300 acres of campus farmlands will be planted with Miscanthus x giganticus, a sterile hybrid that grows to more than 12 feet tall.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) focuses on discovering, advancing, and integrating new knowledge to ensure nutritious and safe food, sustainable and innovative agriculture, strong families and communities, and environmentally sound use of natural resources to benefit the people of Illinois and the world. ACES is home to seven academic departments and an interdisciplinary graduate division.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides a strong foundation that supports excellence across the Urbana campus. Programs in chemistry, chemical engineering, English, history, mathematics, microbiology, political science, psychology, and speech communication are consistently ranked among the top in the nation.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a recognized leader in teaching and scholarship and is known as an institution that creates knowledge and advances understanding.

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Energy Biosciences Institute
News Bureau release on the BP grant 
Department of Crop Sciences
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Department of Plant Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign