September 25, 2012

Developing water efficient biofuel crops

Scientists from the University of Liverpool are part of an international research project to apply the properties of drought-adapted desert plants, like agave, to poplar trees, a recognised biofuel crop.

Dr James Hartwell, from the Institute of Integrative Biology, is part of an £8.6million project, funded by the US Department of Energy that aims to explore the photosynthetic mechanisms of drought-tolerant desert plants and introduce these into poplar trees.