EPOBIO scientists have released their first series of reports on the potential of plants to provide sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. The EPOBIO project is funded by the European Commission and is led by CNAP, a research centre in the University of York’s Department of Biology.
The project focuses on three “flagship” areas; biopolymers – the need for alternative sources of natural rubber, plant oils – the potential of producing lubricants from oilcrops, and the use of plant cell walls in biorefining. EPOBIO have identified these areas as offering the greatest benefit to society which could be achieved in as little as 10-15 years time.
Content of the first EPOBIO Report:
- IconEPOBIO reports: Executive Summaries (115 Kb, PDF)
- IconPlant Cell Walls flagship report: Cell Wall Saccharification (532 Kb, PDF)
- IconBiopolymers flagship report: Alternative Sources of Natural Rubber (1279 Kb, PDF)
- IconPlant Oils flagship report: Production of Wax Esters in Crambe (492 Kb, PDF)
Source: EPOBIO Nov. 23, 2006.