Reliance on petroleum fuels and raging wildfires: two separate, large-scale challenges that could be addressed by one scientific breakthrough.

Teams from Berkeley Lab and Sandia National Laboratories have collaborated to develop a streamlined and efficient process for converting woody plant matter like forest overgrowth and agricultural waste — material that is currently burned either intentionally or unintentionally — into liquid biofuel. 

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Researcher Jonelle Basso is getting to the root of plant-microbe interactions, which can lead to more efficient and sustainable crops that produce food, plant-based biofuels, and bioproducts.