Genome-scale model of rice to lead to breakthroughs in biofuel development
(SeeNews) – Nov 3, 2011 – A genome-scale model of rice, developed by scientists at the US Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), is set to help researchers cultivate new crops to help the production of advanced biofuels, the website of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced on Wednesday.
The Berkeley Lab has been a key participant in the JBEI, which is multinational scientific centre at the US Department of Energy. Researchers have managed to develop RiceNet, a model of rice gene interactions, which can be particularly useful regarding not only rice, but also other perennial grasses, such as Miscanthus and switchgrass. The latter are top candidates for the production of clean and renewable cellulosic biofuels.
The team of researchers has also shown that RiceNet can accurately forecast gene functions in another vital monocotyledonous crop species - maize.