Plant Biology and Pathology

Di, Rong

Title: Associate Research Professor
Department / Research Program: Plant Biology and Pathology
Email: di@aesop.rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-6350
Detailed Profile: http://plantbiopath.rutgers.edu/faculty/di/di.html
Research Areas: Biofuel, Plant engineering, Starch to Bioethanol, Cellulosic Biomass
Energy Research Focus: Genetic engineering cassava plants with apoplast-targeting alpha-amylase and glucoamylase genes to facilitate the conversion of starch to fermentable sugar for the production of bioethanol. Genetic engineering switchgrass plants with apoplast-targeting cellulosic biomass-degrading enzyme genes to facilitate the conversion of cellulosic biomass to fermentable sugar for the production of bioethanol.

Helsel, Zane R.

Title: Extension Specialist in Agriculture Energy - Emeritus
Department / Research Program: Plant Biology, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Email: helsel@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-445-5232
Detailed Profile: http://plantbiopath.rutgers.edu/faculty/helsel/helsel.html
Research Areas: Biomass, Energy Crops
Energy Research Focus: Production and evaluation of potential biomass energy crops (primarily temperate and tropical grasses) and their conversion to energy (combustion and liquid)

Bonos, Stacy A.

Title: Professor
Department / Research Program: Plant Biology
Email: bonos@aesop.rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-6367
Detailed Profile: http://plantbiopath.rutgers.edu/faculty/bonos/bonos.html
Research Areas: Biofuels, Biomass Crops, Switchgrass
Energy Research Focus: Breeding and development of switchgrass for biofuel production with particular emphasis on improvement on marginal land, disease resistance, biomass quality and increased yield.

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