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Enhanced Plant Oil Production May Boost Biofuels

A new development using genes from algae to engineer plants to store oils in their leaves could lead to rx levitra improvements in both biofuel production and http://www.chemistswithoutborders.org/cialis-australia-no-prescription the manufacture of animal feed. Researchers from Michigan State University have made plants with oily leaves, which were demonstrated when worms fed these leaves grew fatter than worms fed the i recommend cialis rx unmodified version of the plants.

Most plant oils are stored in the seeds of new drug levitra the plant, and can be difficult to extract. But plants that store oils in their stems and leaves can be more easily processed to extract those oils. They also may produce greater quantities of oil than the original plants.

In addition to the potential use in biofuels, producing plants that store more oils in their leaves could also be a benefit for animal feed. Greater nutrition density from the same amount of crop could help feed more animals from the same area of cropland.

The lead scientist, MSU professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Christoph Benning, stated, "Many researchers are trying to enhance plants’ energy density, and this is another way of approaching it. It’s a proof-of-concept that could be used to boost plants’ oil production for biofuel use as well as improve the nutrition levels of animal feed."

Ongoing research will next move from demonstration of purchasing cialis the concept to begin to usefull link buy real viagra explore specific applications "to enhance oil production in grasses and algae that have economic value."

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written by MEF, April 26, 2013
how odd. for a "scientific" study, you would think the buy cheap viagra online best way to tell if more oil was being made in leaves would be to actually MEASURE the oil in the leaves, rather than using an indirect measure like "growth of worms which eat the leaves". what if there was some other change (presence of growth regulator, less of a toxin) that was leading to the greater growth, as opposed to there being more oil.
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written by Daniel, February 21, 2014
I guess it is easier (and cheaper) to weigh some worms than try to measure how much oil is contained in a leaf. You remove all other variables - like those you mentioned - then weighing the worms is a perfectly adequate way of doing it.

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