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Feedstock Development

Trevor Yeats





Mechanism of Plant Cell Wall Modification

Mechanisms used by plants to modify the properties of cell walls during various aspects of growth and development may also provide insights into possible ways of reducing cell wall recalcitrance to enzymatic hydrolysis during bioconversion of plant biomass to fuels. Several studies suggest that there is a link between the cell expansion that occurs during plant growth and cell wall digestibility. This program identifies and studies plant proteins that contribute to cell wall loosing during cell expansion and to determine their impact on cell wall digestibility.