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Duckweed – a promising feedstock for biofuels production [Registered]

Researchers from US and China have successfully produced gasoline, diesel and jet fuel by thermochemical conversion of duckweed, a fast-growing floating plant that turns ponds and lakes green The research is reported in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2013, DOI: 10.1021/ie3034703). Christodoulos A. Floudas, Xin Xiao and colleagues explain that duckweed, an aquatic plant that floats on or near the surface of still or slow-moving freshwater, is ideal as a raw material for biofuel production. It grows fast, thrives in wastewater that has no other use, does not impact the food supply and can be harvested more easily…

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