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.