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Lignin breakthroughs serve as GPS for plant research


March 11, 2014

biology graphic By thoroughly mapping a single specialized tissue involved in wood formation, scientists at North Carolina State University have developed the equivalent of turn-by-turn directions for future plant research. Full Story

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