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Bio Base Europe: Flanders and the Netherlands Cooperate on Biofuels From Genetically Modified Poplars
Date:3/15/2010

In the pilot plant, scientists develop industrial processes to convert agricultural co-products such as wheat straw, corn cobs and wood into so-called second generation biofuels, bioplastics and other biobased products. For that, Bio Base Europe collaborates with the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), renowned for its green biotechnology expertise. Prof. Wout Boerjan has developed genetically modified poplars that produce less lignin, facilitating their conversion into bioethanol. On May 6th, 2009 these poplars were planted for the first time in an open air field trial in Ghent. The first crop of this field trial has now been harvested and will be converted into bioethanol at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. This draws us yet another step closer to the realization of second generation biofuels.

Prof. Wim Soetaert, Director of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant: "I am very happy with this new development on the long road towards second generation biofuels. It is not coincidentally the result of a Flemish-Dutch collaboration."

Or meet Prof. Wim Soetaert on Europa's largest Biofuels Congres in Amsterdam (

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