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  • Team aims to make sugarcane, sorghum into oil-producing crops

    University of Illinois crops sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Stephen Long is leading the effort to engineer new crops to ramp up production of biodiesel and plant-based jet fuels.

    University of Illinois crops sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Stephen Long is leading the effort to engineer new crops to ramp up production of biodiesel and plant-based jet fuels.

    Photo by Don Hamerman

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      University of Illinois crops sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Stephen Long is leading the effort to engineer new crops to ramp up production of biodiesel and plant-based jet fuels.

      Photo by Don Hamerman

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      New research aims to convert sugar-rich crops like sorghum (pictured) and sugarcane into oil-rich crops. Scientists will suppress flowering in sorghum (except in crops used to produce seeds for propagation) to divert more of its energy into oil production.

      Photo courtesy Institute for Genomic Biology

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