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Seeing the wood through the trees

The wooden mast from a classic racing yacht and samples from a Forestry Commission breeding trial have played a key role in the search for sustainable biofuels.

Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer on earth - and therefore a potentially major source of glucose for the production of biofuels. But its structure in wood and plants is so complex it needs a combination of enzymes to degrade it - making the process difficult and costly.

Now, for the first time, research by a team at The University of Nottingham's Centre for Plant Integrative Biology has described the detailed structure of cellulose fibres in wood

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