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With designer lignin, biofuels researchers reproduced evolutionary path

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) When scientists reported in 2014 that they had successfully engineered a poplar plant 'designed for deconstruction,' the finding made international news. The highly degradable poplar, the first of its kind, could substantially reduce the energy use and cost of converting biomass to a number of products, including biofuels, pulp and paper.
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