Study identifies genes that control quality of sugarcane

4By Karina Toledo
Agência FAPESP – Although vital for the survival of plants, lignin, the structural material responsible for the rigidity, impermeability and resistance of vegetable tissue – is one of the major impediments to the use of sugarcane bagasse in ethanol production.

Given its strong bond to cellulose, this molecule impedes sugar found in the cellular wall from becoming hydrolyzed and released for fermentation. Although there is a pre-treatment capable of separating lignin from cellulose, it is expensive, laborious and can leave toxic residues for the fermentation microorganisms.

Read complete article at Agência FAPESP, 30 January 2013
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