Guotian Li

Former: Feedstocks
Current: UC Davis

Research Focus

To achieve cost efficient conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuels, basic knowledge on the genes that control plant cell wall recalcitrance and enhanced saccharification is needed. We are using forward and reverse genetic approaches to study genes involved in cell wall biosynthesis and modification in rice, switchgrass, and sorghum. Key genes identified from our research will be used to genetically engineer switchgrass, sorghum and other biofuel crops for optimization of biofuel production.


  • Identification and characterization of genes controlling cell wall saccharification in rice, switchgrass and sorghum
  • Sequencing and analyzing 2000 fast-neutron mutants in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute
  • Engineering switchgrass for improved cell wall saccharification

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