Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fun fact: Growing willows diagonally yields more sugar for biofuel production

A collaboration between the Imperial College of London, Rothamsted Research and Orkney College have discovered a genetic trait in willows that yields the production of more glucose when the trees are grown at an angle. The production is normally a response to growth in windy conditions which would strengthen the trunks of the trees.

The authors believe that they can now breed trees that contain the appropriate genetic characteristics to yield plants with higher capacity in biofuel production.