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NEWS UPDATE April 2, 2013

DOE researchers engineer plant to give up sugar more easily

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 2, 2013

Researchers have engineered plants that can provide large amounts of sugar with a less intensive and expensive extractive process, the Energy Department’s Joint BioEnergy Institute announced Friday. Institute scientists were able to develop a healthy plant whose plant cell walls or lignin are weaker and can be more easily broken down into simple sugars needed to make biofuels, without sacrificing the yield, JBEI said. Previous attempts to lower the plant’s cell wall defenses had created plants with lower biomass and a compromised ability for water and nutrient intake. [ read more … ]

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