Poplar trees could boost biofuels production

Scientists in Washington (US) have revealed that unfertile or contaminated lands now have a chance to reproduce plants and trees for producing biofuels.

Poplar trees, in particular, are used for this research because of their ability to grow quickly, adapt in various climate but mostly because of their traits for biofuel production.

The scientists found that adding the right kinds of bacteria to the roots of poplar trees increased their biomass production by up to 80% over 10 weeks.

‘If we have bacteria that can help plants to grow better, we can then use these soils for the economic production of biofuels,’says Daniel van der Lelie, microbiologist at Brookhaven National Lab and co-author of a new study on the subject.

Carrying out the research at commercial scale may be hindered by expensive procedures.

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