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  • CenUSA Education Material
    Deana Namuth-Covert
    What is the CenUSA Bioenergy Project? The CenUSA Bioenergy project is funded by the USDA and includes faculty and staff from 8 institutions working together to investigate perennial grasses as a feedstock for biofuels and the creation of a regional sustainable biofuels system in the Midwest. CenUSA Bioenergy Vision Our vision is to create a regional system for producing advanced transportation fuels derivedfrom perennial grasses grown on land that is either unsuitable or marginal for row crop production.  In addition to producing advanced biofuels, the proposed system will improve the sustainability of existing cropping systems by reducing agricultural runoff of nutrients and soil and increasing carbon sequestration. To learn more about the CenUSA project, please visit the CenUSA home page at http://www.cenusa.iastate.edu/ To view the educational materials we have created thus far, click on the "lessons" tab above.  Find additional quizzes by clicking on the "CenUSA Education" link under the self-paced course heading.  The left hand tabs will take you to more detailed descriptions of the CenUSA project objectives.                                                                  The CenUSA Bioenergy project is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.    

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    Christine Haney, UNL chaney3@unl.edu


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    This community contains eLibrary animations that have been translated to Russian. This project area is under development and new materials will be added as translations are completed. Click the "Lessons" and "Animations" tabs above to view translated content. *The animations contained in this community are awaiting review. 

Featured Animations
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    ECB and Bt
    This animation shows how Bt causes death in the European corn borer (ECB).
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    Resistencia a los Herbicidas
    Ilustra cómo ocurre la selección por resistencia a los herbicidas.
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    Lateral Flow Strip Test
    This animation illustrates the concepts of protein detection using the lateral flow strip method. This method is simliar to ELISA and is utilized in detecting GMOs, among other applications.
Featured Lessons
  • Auxin and Auxinic Herbicide Mechanism(s) of Action - Part 1 - Introduction The selective control of broadleaf weeds in cereal grain crops by auxinic herbicides has made this group one of the most widespread and important herbicide families in use. These herbicides were the first organic herbicides developed that were selective or able to kill one group of plants, but not another (i.e. kill broadleaf, but not grass plants). This lesson will introduce the major features of these herbicides, discuss their major uses and describe the symptoms of the injury they cause as well as introduce how they kill sensitive plants.
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  • Inhibitors of Aromatic Amino Acid Biosynthesis This lesson will detail the biochemical mechanisms that are affected by herbicides which inhibit a plant’s ability to synthesize amino acids. The significance of amino acids and proteins will also b...
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  • Producing Grain for Animal, Food, and Industrial Uses Links to three animations on the topic.
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  • Utilization of Grain by Swine and Poultry Anyone involved in the grain industry needs a thorough understanding of swine and poultry nutrition to ensure grains closely match the dietary needs of these animals.
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  • Transformation 2 - Transformation Methods This lesson explains the procedure of introducing a new gene into a plant cell (transformation). It discusses the main goals of the transformation process and describes the four main methods of tran...
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