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Zeiss LSM 710 Confocal Microscope

Image provided by Brandon James, Stephen Moose Lab

Research funded by the Energy Biosciences Institute

Crop scientists are trying to identify and “improve” plant species that can be used to manufacture biofuels on a global scale, with more efficiency and less waste. This cross-section of a stem of Miscanthus grass, when compared to similar images of other grasses, shows the anatomical differences between Miscanthus and other potential biofuel crops. Knowing these differences could affect the ways that researchers attempt to improve these crops.