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Polyunsaturated Fats May Replace Petroleum-Derived Chemicals

May 14, 2014
Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have found that certain enzymes responsible for desaturating fatty acids, the building blocks of oils, can link up to efficiently pass intermediate products from one enzyme to another.

'Fountain of youth’ for leaves discovered

September 5, 2013
What plant scientists call senescence, consumers experience as wilted produce and overripe fruit. A team led by Cornell horticulture professor Su-Sheng Gan has identified an enzymatic fountain of youth that slows the process of leaf death

Breakthrough: How salt stops plant growth

September 5, 2013
Until now it has not been clear how salt, a scourge to agriculture, halts the growth of the plant-root system. A team of researchers, led by the Carnegie Institution's José Dinneny and Lina Duan, found that not all types of roots are equally inhibited.

Gene discovery opens new possibilities for biofuels

September 5, 2013
Researchers from the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee, VIB and Ghent University (Belgium) and the University of Wisconsin (USA) have identified a new lignin gene which could improve the conversion of biomass to energy.