Researchers extract juice from sugarcane that has been engineered to produce oil for biodiesel in addition to the plant's sugar that is used for ethanol production. Credit: Kathryn Faith/University of Illinois
Researchers extract juice from sugarcane that has been engineered to produce oil for biodiesel in addition to the plant's sugar that is used for ethanol production.

Scientists engineer sugarcane, switchgrass to produce biofuels

Research aims to improve non-food biofuel crops to better extract precursors for biodiesel and ethanol production.

More research is being conducted to improve non-food biofuel crops to better extract precursors for biodiesel and ethanol production.

This week, the University of Illinois described research into genetically engineering sugarcane to produce oil for biodiesel that also increased the plant's sugar content, which can be used for ethanol production. Meanwhile, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is working on a genetic sterility switch to prevent enhanced switchgrass var

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