Environmental Research and Technology Transfer Program of The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.

EPA Grant Number: EM834388
Center: The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc., Environmental Research and Technology Transfer Program
Center Director: Schumacher, Dorin
Title: Environmental Research and Technology Transfer Program of The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.
Investigators: Schumacher, Dorin
Current Investigators: Bonning, Bryony C. , Cheng, Zong-Ming , Kessler, Michael , Pantalone, Vincent R , Paterson, Andrew , Qu, Rongda , Ren, Shuxin , Yang, Guochen
Institution: The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.
Current Institution: Iowa State University , North Carolina State University , University of Georgia , University of Tennessee - Knoxville
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012 (Extended to December 31, 2013)
Project Amount: $1,706,000
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2009) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research , Consortium for Plant Biotechnology


The goal of the Environmental Research and Technology Transfer program ("ERTT") of The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc. (“CPBR”) is to bring together universities and companies to conduct peer-reviewed, competitively selected, university environmental research projects using plant biotechnology and other bio-based technologies. This work will address the environmental needs of the country and EPA's long-term goals.


ERTT will bring together the resources of CPBR’s member organizations to address the problems and the future of protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment through a program of practical, scientifically meritorious, environmentally beneficial plantrelated research and technology transfer.

When the EPA FY 2010 funds are awarded to CPBR, the top proposals in the 2010 ERTT Research Grants competition, which have been peer reviewed, ranked for scientific merit and relevance to EPA missions, recommended for funding by the Project Recommendation Committee, approved by CPBR's Board of Directors, and approved for fitting within EPA’s legal authorities, will be funded.

Expected Results:

It is anticipated that the research will provide such environmental benefits as:

  • growth of bioenergy and other crops requiring less fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides;
  • increased production of industrial chemicals from renewables instead of fossil fuels;
  • more efficient and safer conversion of crops and plant materials into biofuels;
  • new tools and techniques for use in engineering or breeding desirable traits in crops;
  • assessment of the effects of genetically engineered organisms on the environment;
  • assessment of the transmissibility of genetically engineered traits;
  • development of environmentally safe techniques for genetically modifying organisms; and
  • remediation of polluted sites.

Journal Articles: 6 Displayed | Download in RIS Format

Other center views: All 21 publications 7 publications in selected types All 6 journal articles
Type Citation Sub Project Document Sources
Journal Article Chougule NP, Li H, Liu S, Linz LB, Narva KE, Meade T, Bonning BC. Retargeting of the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin Cyt2Aa against hemipteran insect pests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2013;110(21):8465-8470. EM834388 (2012)
  • Full-text from PubMed
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Associated PubMed link
  • Full-text: PNAS-Full Text HTML
  • Abstract: PNAS-Abstract
  • Other: PNAS-Full Text PDF
  • Journal Article Cui H, Kessler MR. Glass fiber reinforced ROMP-based bio-renewable polymers: enhancement of the interface with silane coupling agents. Composites Science and Technology 2012;72(11):1264-1272. EM834388 (2012)
  • Abstract: ScienceDirect-Abstract
  • Other: ResearchGate-Abstract
  • Journal Article Madbouly SA, Xia Y, Kessler MR. Rheokinetics of ring-opening metathesis polymerization of bio-based castor oil thermoset. Macromolecules 2012;45(19):7729-7739. EM834388 (2012)
  • Abstract: ACS-Abstract
  • Journal Article Paterson AH, Wendel JF, Gundlach H, Guo H, Jenkins J, Jin D, Llewellyn D, Showmaker KC, Shu S, Udall J, Yoo MJ, Byers R, Chen W, Doron-Faigenboim A, Duke MV, Gong L, Grimwood J, Grover C, Grupp K, Hu G, Lee TH, Li J, Lin L, Liu T, Marler BS, Page JT, Roberts AW, Romanel E, Sanders WS, Szadkowski E, Tan X, Tang H, Xu C, Wang J, Wang Z, Zhang D, Zhang L, Ashrafi H, Bedon F, Bowers JE, Brubaker CL, Chee PW, Das S, Gingle AR, Haigler CH, Harker D, Hoffmann LV, Hovav R, Jones DC, Lemke C, Mansoor S, ur Rahman M, Rainville LN, Rambani A, Reddy UK, Rong JK, Saranga Y, Scheffler BE, Scheffler JA, Stelly DM, Triplett BA, Van Deynze A, Vaslin MF, Waghmare VN, Walford SA, Wright RJ, Zaki EA, Zhang T, Dennis ES, Mayer KF, Peterson DG, Rokhsar DS, Wang X, Schmutz J. Repeated polyploidization of Gossypium genomes and the evolution of spinnable cotton fibres. Nature 2012;492(7429):423-427. EM834388 (2012)
  • Abstract from PubMed
  • Full-text: Nature-Full Text PDF
  • Abstract: Nature-Abstract & Full Text HTML
  • Other: ResearchGate-Abstract & Full Text PDF
  • Journal Article Thunga M, Xia Y, Gohs U, Heinrich G, Larock RC, Kessler MR. Influence of electron beam irradiation on the mechanical properties of vegetable-oil-based biopolymers. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 2012;297(8):799-806. EM834388 (2012)
  • Abstract: Wiley-Abstract
  • Journal Article Ye X, Yuan S, Guo H, Chen F, Tuskan GA, Cheng Z-M. Evolution and divergence in the coding and promoter regions of the Populus gene family encoding xyloglucan endotransglycosylase/hydrolases. Tree Genetics & Genomes 2012;8(1):177-194. EM834388 (2012)
  • Full-text: Bioenergy Center-Full Text PDF
  • Abstract: Springer-Abstract
  • Other: ResearchGate-Abstract
  • Supplemental Keywords:

    pollution prevention, biology, EPA Regions 1 through 10, agricultur

    Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011 Progress Report
  • 2012 Progress Report
  • Final