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Date:5/12/2008

ific and technical research challenges of utilizing the abundance of plant cell walls as a renewable resource is discussed in two articles by Pauly and Keegstra and Li et al.

The challenges facing the widespread adoption of biodiesel are addressed by Durret et al.

Biofuel production from microalgae, pond scum, is discussed by Hu et al. as an alternative to land-based agricultural production of plant biomass that may avoid competition with food production.

Trichomes, leave hairs, are highly specialized chemical factories that produce valuable compounds such as peppermint oil as explained by Schillmiller et al.

The special issue clearly illustrates the scope of involvement of plant biologists and biochemists in contributing rational solutions to the global shortage of fossil carbon supply.

The special issue intends to provide a sound and balanced plant biology and biochemistry background on the topic to educators and media as well as experts and interested laypeople.


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