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Research targets cells to reduce lignin, boost fermentable sugar

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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.

Related Topics:
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable

Associated Grade Levels:
9-1011-12

Related Sub-Topics

8.4 The conversion processess includes adding specific enzymes to make simple sugars available.

8.7 Co-products in biofuel production use lignin in many ways.

8.5 Fermentation processess use specialized yeasts to create isobutanol.