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Researchers Modify Plant Walls to Make Biofuel Production Easier

October 10, 2018

Scientists from the University of Melbourne showed how plant walls could be modified to change the way how biofuels, bioplastics, and other biomaterials are produced. Their study is published in Nature Plants.

The researchers used master switches that can switch on primary wall production. It was found that the switches can make cell produce thick primary walls that can even be used to replace secondary walls. The study proved that scientists may entirely change the content of plant biomass from strong and hard to break apart into something more plastic and easy to dissolve.

Read more details from Biofuels Digest and Nature Plants.