Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Thomas Canam
Eastern Illinois University
"Fungi for Bioenergy: Polyporales as pretreatment agents for biomass"
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Charles G. Miller Auditorium
Abstract: The pretreatment of biomass for biofuel production is inefficient, expensive, and frequently requires harsh chemical reactions. The objective of my research is to explore the efficacy of using common white-rot fungi, Trametes versicolor and Phanerochaete chrysosporium, as environmentally benign deconstruction agents for lignocellulosic biomass (e.g. Miscanthus). My laboratory has explored the physicochemical properties of woody biomass that has been directly pretreated with fungi, and has also used transcriptome technology to uncover novel enzymes produced by white-rot fungi that could be used for in vitro delignification and saccharification strategies.
If you would like to meet with Thomas Canam while he is here, please contact Astrid Ferrer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Coffee and cookies will be served in the atrium outside the auditorium beginning at 3:30 p.m.