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Enhancing poplar traits for energy applications (ENERGYPOPLAR)


Production processes

This project contributes to the research aim 'Production processes'. Which funding institutions are active for this aim? What are the sub-aims? Take a look:
Production processes

Project code: 211917
Contract period: 01.03.2008 - 29.02.2012
Budget: 2,990,000 Euro
Purpose of research: Basic research

Green plants application is being promoted through different European directives, which aim to achieve 5.75% of liquid fuel supply by 2010 and 20% by 2020. Liquid fuels derived from cellulosic biomass offer an important alternative to conventional energy sources to reduce Europe s dependence on fossil fuels. Trees are attractive dedicated energy crops because they display a wide range of growth habits and can be grown on marginal lands unsuited to other agricultural crops including energy grasses, with reduced input costs and optimised land management. ENERGYPOPLAR is designed to develop domesticated energy poplars having both desirable cell-wall traits and high biomass yield under sustainable low-input conditions to be used as a source of lignocellulosic feedstock for bioethanol. ENERGYPOPLAR will - Provide a better understanding of fundamental mechanisms determining optimised yield in Populus - Understand mechanisms that regulate the synthesis of cell wall polysaccharides - Provide a better understanding of lignocellulosic quality and in a particular the genetic and genomic basis of high cellulose trees linked to alterations in the quality and quantity of lignin - Develop high thoughput assays for lignocellulosic quality and lignocellulose saccharification potential

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