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Biodiesel production from genetically modified sugarcane [Registered]

A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30% and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. These are only the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum – two of the most productive crop plants known – into even more productive, oil-generating plants. The researchers reported their findings at the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC that took place in late February. The lead researcher Professor Stephen Long at the University of Illinois said “Sugarcane and sorghum are exceptionally…

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