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Engineered Tobacco Plants Could Produce Biofuel Directly

Engineered Tobacco Plants Could Produce Biofuel Directly

Although tobacco use and acceptance may have been cut in recent years, tobacco growers could potentially grow the same product, but instead of supplying smokers, end up making their mark in the biofuel revolution in the US. A multimillion dollar project at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), funded by ARPA-E, is working to engineer tobacco plants that can turn sunlight into fuel molecules, right in their leaves. “We want to bypass downstream processes like fermentation and produce fuels directly in the crop. After the biomass is crushed, we could extract the hydrocarbon molecules, and crack them into shorter molecules,… read more