Image provided by Mayandi Sivaguru, Core Facilities
Research funded the Institute for Genomic Biology
This image is a cross-section of a stem of the perennial grass Miscanthus. The lacy green structure that comprises the stem gains its strength from a complex sugar called cellulose. The conversion of cellulose (the main component of plant cell walls) into fuel is a primary focus of biofuel research. This process makes use of the entire plant rather than only a portion.