Research targets cells to reduce lignin, boost fermentable sugar

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are exploring new ways to meet the challenge of recalcitrant cellulosic feedstocks and lower the cost of biomass-based biofuels. The group recently published two papers detailing their work to genetically modify xylan and lignin, resulting in improved conversion characteristics in the model plants used in the research. 

The research detailing the genetic modification approach on lignin, “Engineering secondary cell wall deposition in plants,” was published in Plant Biotechnology Journal. The research detailing the work done on xylan, “Engineering of plants with improved properties as biofuels feedstocks by vessel-specific complementation of xylan biosynthesis mutants,” was published online at Biotechnology for Biofuels.

Source: Ethanol Producer, December 28, 2012

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