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New course offers hands-on training in bioproducts
August 3, 2015

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Doctoral student Baran Arslan experienced bioproducts production processes this summer that he formerly had only seen in the lab on the nano scale.

New farm bill helps WSU support Washington agriculture
February 7, 2014

farm-bill-windmillPULLMAN, Wash. – Consistent, increased funding for Washington State University’s research on tree fruit, clean energy, vegetables and other specialty crops, as well as increased support for the National Clean Plant Network, are just several vital components of the farm bill signed by President Obama today that will strengthen WSU’s ability to support and stimulate the state’s food and wine industries.

Grant focuses on better biofuel
April 10, 2008

PULLMAN – Developing plants that include more of what it takes to replace petrochemicals in fuels, plastics and other applications is the focus of an $840,000 USDA grant awarded to WSU Regents Professor Norman G. Lewis.

The three-year award, which was announced April 10, is part of an $18.4 million investment into biomass research, development and demonstration projects by USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy. The funded projects specifically aim to break down critical barriers to making the production of biomass more efficient and cost effective. Only 21 of the 750 proposals submitted from researchers throughout the U.S. received funding.

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$24 million lab to spur clean fuels
April 20, 2006

The $24 million biomass lab, being built in the Tri-Cities by Washington State University Tri-Cities and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will study ways to turn agricultural wastes into valuable products and will support the state’s push for clean biofuels. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Lab in Richland, was held April 13. The structure is  expected to be completed by late next year. For the complete story on the biomass building and research, go to The Puget Sound Business Journal at story and video on the ground breaking by KXLY News can be found at

Researchers show potential of farm waste as fuel
April 23, 2004

People have used biomass energy or bioenergy — the energy from organic matter — since the first use of fire for heat. Today, wood is still our largest biomass source. But other sources are becoming increasingly useful and — with the help of researchers like Shulin Chen, a Washington State University professor and associate director of the Northwest Bioproduct Research Institute — dreams of turning undervalued biowaste into valuable products like fuel are becoming reality. “We are doing research to obtain valued commodities from agricultural products and/or waste,” said Craig Frear, a research associate for the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering. “Our biomass inventory … » More …