Scientists manipulate plant genes for biofuel

Europeans are concerned about finding ways to sustain energy for the future. With this in mind, researchers are examining ways to generate biofuels from plant biomass at a low cost. The problem, however, is that some plants contain lignin and hemicelluloses, which are not easily converted into biofuels. Researchers from Denmark, Thailand and the United States may have found a solution to this problem. They used gene manipulation techniques to engineer plants that can be broken down into biofuels. The study was recently presented in the Journal Biotechnology for Biofuels

Source: Cordis, 27 November 2012

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