Institutions and Centers


Institute for Genomic Biology
The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) houses multi-disciplinary research teams dedicated to the advancement of life-science research and bio-economic development. The Core Facilities at the IGB is a state-of-the-art resource for biological microscopy and image analysis.


National Center for Supercomputing Applications
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) provides powerful computers and expert support that help scientists and engineers improve our world.



soyFACE facility
SoyFACE (Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment) is an innovative facility for growing crops under production field conditions in an atmosphere that has higher levels of carbon dioxide and ozone, higher temperature and altered soil water availability. SoyFACE was designed to discover the effects of atmospheric change on the agronomy and productivity of Midwestern crops as well as to find solutions that will lead to crops better adapted to this future.

Miscanthus plots off of South First Street, Champaign.

Energy Farm
The Energy Farm at the University of Illinois is the world’s largest outdoor research center devoted to bioenergy crops. The farm has established plots of Miscanthus, switchgrass, restored mixed prairie, and a corn-soybean rotation planted in replicated plots within blocks.

Models and Tools

WIMOVAC is a modular mathematical model of the carbon balance of vegetation that allows prediction of responses to climate change. It is applicable to a wide range of vegetation and soil types and a user-friendly experimental tool.

Biofuel Ecophysiological Traits and Yields Database (BETY-db)
BETYdb has been developed to support research, agriculture, and policy by synthesizing available information on potential biofuel crops.

The Predictive Ecosystem Analyzer (PEcAn) bioinformatics tool
An integrated workflow management system to handle the numerous streams of data, and data assimilation statistical framework in order to synthesize the data with an Ecosystem Demography model.