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Discovering genes for crystallinity in cellulose will support breeding crops for improved cellulosic biofuels production [Registered]

Cellulose is essential for its function in plant cell walls, but the mechanisms controlling its crystallinity are poorly understood. New research from a team including current and former Carnegie scientists reveals key information about this process, as well as a means to reduce cellulose crystallinity, which is a key stumbling block in biofuels development. Their work was published online by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the February 20-24 issue. A plant’s cell wall serves several essential functions including mechanical support: Cellulose is the primary constituent of the cell wall and as such is the most abundant biopolymer…

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