Sugarcane’s Sweet Juice of Success


Heather Coleman, assistant professor of biology

Strains of sugarcane can be genetically engineered to improve biofuel production, all while maintaining or increasing juice production, a new study suggests. By inserting disruptive DNA into sugarcane, researchers altered lignin, a polymer that is found in plant cell walls and is one component of wood. Because lignin intensifies biofuel processing, its modification could make quick-growing sugarcane a more attractive alternative fuel source. [read on]


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