Penn State researchers identify major steps in creating cellulose

May 2, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at Penn State have identified the major steps in the process as well as the tools used by plant cells to create cellulose, including proteins that transport critical components to the location where cellulose is made. A paper describing the study appears online the week of March 26, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The cellulose within many of the products used in everyday life is primarily produced by plants. Despite the economic significance of cellulose, prior to this study researchers only had a basic understanding of how plants create this abundant resource.

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