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Researchers discover enzyme potentially able to yield better plants for biofuel production

6:39 AM MDT | August 19, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

An international collaboration of plant scientists from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB; Ghent, Belgium), Ghent University, the University of Dundee (Dundee, UK), the James Hutton Institute (Dundee), and the University of Wisconsin (Madison) has identified a new gene in the biosynthetic pathway of lignin, a major component of plant secondary cell walls that limits the conversion of biomass to energy, VIB announced. This enzyme, caffeoyl shikimate esterase (CSE), fulfils a central role in lignin biosynthesis. Knocking out the CSE gene resulted in 36%...

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