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Researchers identify genes for xylan to breed better grasses for food and fuel [Registered]

Researchers from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC) have discovered a family of genes involved in the formation of xylan to support breeding of grasses with improved properties for diet and bioenergy. The research was carried out by a team from the University of Cambridge and Rothamsted Research and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The genes are important in the development of the fibrous, woody parts of grasses, like rice and wheat. The team hopes that by understanding how these genes work, they might for example be…

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