Lignin and Plant tissue utilization
The growing energy needs of our burgeoning population can only be tackled by advances in biotechnology. Lignin is a plant cell wall protein that reduces forage digestibility, pulping efficiency, and sugar release. Any improvement in lignin digestibility could have enormous impact on the utilization of grains like corn and is an area of active research. This article explains a novel computational approach to decipher the intricacies of lignin biosynthesis.
|Structure of a typical plant cell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Breaking down cellulose strands by Lyocell process and cellulase activity inducers like Sophorose could improve the digestibility of cell wall. I wonder whether we could employ any of the tricks we cosmetic dermatologists use to create nanoparticles for increasing the absorption!
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