Oak Ridge National Laboratory looks into eucalyptus terpene production

June 9, 2014 |

In Tennessee, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are hoping to optimize the production of terpene in eucalyptus plants, reducing the plant’s volatility and increasing energy yields. Researchers initially started with 15 species and will select the best candidates based on oil glands’ ultrastructure, number of oil glands per centimeter and terpene content and chemistry. Annual harvests of the foliar portion of eucalyptus will maximize the return on investment and increase potential energy production, according to Jerry Tuskan, the lead of the multi-partner effort.

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