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Can biofuels finally take center stage?

Today, ethanol and biodiesel are predominantly produced from corn kernels, sugarcane or soybean oil. But researchers and investors are increasingly upbeat about another biofuel feedstock, lignocellulose—the most abundant biological material on earth.

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Figure 1: Rising production of biofuels.
Figure 2: Steps in the process for making ethanol.
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Figure 4: Approximate greenhouse gas savings with biofuels.


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Schubert, C. Can biofuels finally take center stage?. Nat Biotechnol 24, 777–784 (2006).

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