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December 01, 2014

The thermodynamic origin of the reduced lignin-hemicellulose association is found to be a more favor (...more)

ORNL TITAN supercomputer used to determine molecular basis of reduced recalcitrance
Reduced lignin-hemicellulose association increases the cell wall porosity in the mutant plants, thus explaining their easier deconstruction to biofuels. This work illustrates how MD simulations can be a useful tool for predicting and explaining the effects of changes in plant genotypes on cell wall phenotypes.

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