Seth DeBolt, a professor of horticulture from the university of Kentucky, has been studying different mutations of cellulose in plants. Plants have cell walls made up of cellulose and in most plants the cellulose is made of thick crystallized sugars forming strong plant cell walls. Plants with weak cell walls are vulnerable to enzymatic breakdown, forming sugars that can be fermented and used as biofuel.
DeBolt has been trying to different methods to reduce the cellulose in plants so he can create a source of biofuel that is not harmful to the environment. DeBolt and his team were successful in decreasing cellulose content in these mutant cell walls. By discovering a new method of obtaining biofuel energy sources such as ethanol and diesel, the world can run these new efficient energy sources instead of burning through fossil fuels.
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