Cracking cell walls

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New research at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center allows scientists a closer look into cell walls more quickly than ever before. Instead of weeks, this new method takes days to yield results. And that means they can unlock the elaborate cell-wall structures that protect cellulose in plants like corn, grasses and even wood chips faster than previously possible.

This ability will come in handy when it comes to developing superior biomass crops for ethanol production. However, more importantly for dairy producers, it also means potentially breaking through feed-efficiency barriers because researchers will be able to develop plants with less lignin in their cell walls. For more, follow this link.

 



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