CenUSA Bioenergy Online Peer Network Deana Namuth-Covert
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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 bioefuels 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 ystems 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/
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Taqman The Taqman probe detection system used in real time PCR (also known as quantitative PCR) is illustrated in this animation. One application of this method is use in GMO detection.
Wheat Breeding Activity This interactive activity goes through the basic process used in a wheat breeding program. Crossing, genetic variation, selection and elements of DNA technology are discussed within this activity. The material is aimed towards high school or introductory life science undergraduate students.
Production Practice Influence on Maize Grain Quality Discusses how production practices affect the grain quality of maize.
Producing Grain for Animal, Food, and Industrial Uses ViewPrint
The Interaction of Light with Biological Molecules
This lesson describes the nature of light, the energy within photons and how this energy may be transferred to biological molecules. In addition, the beneficial and harmful methods for de-exciting mo...
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
The polymerase chain reaction laboratory technique is used in a variety of applications to make copies of a specific DNA sequence. This lesson describes how a PCR reaction works, what it accomplishes...
Soils - Part 10: The Scientific Basis for Making Fertilizer Recommendations ViewPrintTake Quiz
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This project was supported in part by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, adminstered by the University of California-Davis and by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education, National SMETE Digital Library Program, Award #0938034, administered by the University of Nebraska. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USDA or NSF.
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