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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Potential energy
Zeiss LSM 710 Confocal Microscope

Image provided by Mayandi Sivaguru, Core Facilities

Research funded by the Institute for Genomic Biology

This image gives a closer look at the cells inside a stem of Miscanthus, a perennial grass. Although different cell types within the stem have different shapes and sizes, they all share a common structural feature; the wall of each cell is strengthened by cellulose, a complex sugar. If researchers can develop an efficient process to convert cellulose into fuel, Miscanthus could become a major sustainable fuel source.