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Production of lignocellulosic biofuels advanced by the identification of enzyme involved in lignin production [Registered]

Researchers from VIB and Ghent University (Belgium), the University of Dundee (UK), The James Hutton Institute (UK) and the University of Wisconsin (USA) identified a new gene in the biosynthetic pathway of lignin, a major component of plant secondary cell walls that limits the conversion of biomass to biofuels. These findings are published in Science Express. A plant cell wall mainly consists of lignin and sugar molecules such as cellulose. Cellulose can be converted to glucose which can then be used in a classical fermentation process to produce alcohol. Lignin is a kind of cement that embeds the sugar molecules…

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