Using gene manipulation to engineer biofuels

November 26, 2012 |
Experimental plants. (Credit: Pia Petersen / Yves Verhertbruggen)

With increasing demands for sustainable energy, being able to cost-efficiently produce biofuels from plant biomass is more important than ever. However, lignin and hemicelluloses present in certain plants mean that they cannot be easily converted into biofuels. A study [available here] published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biotechnology for Biofuels appears to have solved this problem, using gene manipulation techniques to engineer plants that can be more easily broken down into biofuels.

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 View the original article here: Engineering Plants for Biofuels