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Educational Materials and Teaching Tools

The following links may be useful to educators searching for suitable classroom material on genomics, systems biology, and microbes. These materials provide resources for educators to enhance existing curricula.

  • The Genomics for Energy and Environmental Placemat (January 2011) is a two-page, 11" x 17" color document that explains genomics, DNA, metagenomics, and omics; depicts genome expression in plant and bacterial cells; includes a chart showing the three-letter mRNA codons and the particular amino acids they specify; and includes a timeline of select milestones in genomics history.
  • The Biofuels Primer (May 2007) is a two-page, 11" x 17" color document in two parts.
    • Part 1: From Biomass to Cellulosic Ethanol. Depicts the process used to convert biomass (plant matter) into cellulosic ethanol and the improvements needed to optimize these processes.
    • Part 2: Understanding Biomass: Plant Cell Walls. Explains plant cell-wall structure and some issues preventing their efficient conversion to ethanol.
  • Image Gallery
  • Genomic Science Program Reports on science, biofuels, climate stabilization, and bioremediation
  • Primer on Microbial Genomics covers the basic science of microbial genetics research
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Microbial Genome Program Report, February 2000. History and importance of the study of microbes to the Department of Energy
  • The Microbial World: A Challenging Frontier focuses on the vast and genetically rich resource of the microbes.
  • DOE Bioenergy Research Centers
  • The Termite Gut: Nature’s Microbial Bioreactor for Digesting Wood and Making Biofuels. A collaboration of researchers has sequenced and analyzed microbial DNA extracted from the guts of hundreds of termites harvested from a nest in a Costa Rican rainforest.
  • Photosynthetic Production of Hydrogen from Water. Under certain conditions green algae and cyanobacteria can produce hydrogen gas (H2).

Bioenergy Research Centers Education and Outreach

Non-DOE Resources



Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Abstracts [07/14]

Sustainable Bioenergy [05/14]

Bioenergy Research Centers [02/14]




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