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Gene for Zipped Lignin Production in Plants

IntroductionLignin is an important plant cell wall component that provides critical structural support to plants. Native lignin is very difficult to break down by chemical or enzymatic means, which makes the task of producing paper and biofuels from plant material extremely difficult. However, lignin with ester bonds, called “zipped” lignin,...
Published: 2/17/2023   |   Inventor(s): Curtis Wilkerson, Saunia Withers, Shawn Mansfield, John Ralph
Keywords(s): Biofuel, Cellulose, Lignin Category(s): Agriculture, Biotechnology

Gene For Zipped Lignin Production In Plants

IntroductionLignin, an abundant polymer of vascular plants that provides structural integrity and resistance to chemical and enzymatic damage to the plant cell wall, is the second most abundant polymer on earth and critical to the strength and survival of terrestrial plants. Unfortunately, its mechanical strength and resistance to chemical degradation,...
Published: 1/11/2024   |   Inventor(s): Curtis Wilkerson, John Ralph, Saunia Withers, Shawn Mansfield
Keywords(s): Biofuel, Cellulose, Lignin Category(s): Biotechnology