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Plant Toughness: Key to Cracking Biofuels?
February 21, 2012
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Along with photosynthesis, the plant cell wall is one of the features that most sets plants apart from animals. A structural molecule called cellulose is necessary for the manufacture of these walls. Cellulose is synthesized in a semi-crystalline state that is essential for its function in the cell wall, but the mechanisms controlling its crystallinity are poorly understood. New research reveals key information about this process.Full Story
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