Researchers use algae gene to boost oil content in plant leaves

03/5/2013 |

Scientists at Michigan State University used a gene from green algae to boost the oil content in the leaves of the Arabidopsis thaliana plant, a breakthrough that could have implications for bioenergy production, according to a report in the journal The Plant Cell. "If oil can be extracted from leaves, stems and seeds, the potential energy capacity of plants may double," the lead researcher said.

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