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Loosening lignin's grip on biofuel production

Reducing lignin content in alfalfa can increase ethanol yields and decrease processing inputs.

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Figure 1: Reduced lignin content can increase yields of fermentable sugars after pretreatment of plant biomass with hot acid and can also reduce or eliminate the need for this step.

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Chapple, C., Ladisch, M. & Meilan, R. Loosening lignin's grip on biofuel production. Nat Biotechnol 25, 746–748 (2007).

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