Monday, April 1, 2013

JBEI Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for Biofuels

Henrik Scheller and Dominique Loque (pictured)  of the Physical Biosciences Division leads a team at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) that is using synthetic biology to engineer healthy plants whose lignocellulosic biomass can more easily be broken down into simple sugars for the production of advanced biofuels. Working with Arabidopsis as a demonstration, the team genetically manipulates secondary cell walls to reduce the production of lignin and increase the yield of fuel sugars. 

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