Enhanced Plant Oil Production May Boost Biofuels

April 22, 2013 · Print This Article

A new development using genes from algae to engineer plants to store oils in their leaves could lead to improvements in both biofuel production and the manufacture of animal feed. Researchers from Michigan State University have made plants with oily leaves, which were demonstrated when worms fed these leaves grew fatter than worms fed the unmodified version of the plants.

Most plant oils are stored in the seeds of the plant, and

can be difficult to extract. But plants that store oils in their stems and leaves can be more easily processed to extract those oils. They plus may produce greater quantities of oil than the original plants.

In addition to the potential use in biofuels, producing plants that store more oils

in their leaves could plus be a benefit for animal feed. Greater nutrition density from the same amount of […]

[Source] Cynthia

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