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March 01, 2011

Genetic manipulation of lignin improves biofuel production from switchgrass
Down-regulation of a single gene reduces recalcitrance with no apparent growth defects and leads to: Increase in ethanol production by over one third. Reduction in needed severity of pre-treatment. Evidence that biofuel processing costs can be reduced by at least 20% with 300-400% lower enzyme costs.

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