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Miscanthus genome sequenced, good times ahead for biofuels?

Miscanthus genome sequenced, good times ahead for biofuels?

Understanding the grass' DNA could increase its viability as a biofuel feedstock

Second generation biofuels use non-food crops as feedstock unlike first generation biofuels that use food sources such as corn, palm oil etc. Second gen biofuels thus overcome the food vs. fuel challenge.

In many regions, second gen ethanol producers plan to use the grass miscanthus as the feedstock. Thus, enhancing reliability and yield of the grass could go a long way in scaling biofuels production.

Late last year, a team at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (USA) has sequenced the full genome of one variety of miscanthus, which could lead to efforts that result in the grass having much higher productivity in future.

Welcome news indeed for the biofuel industry.


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