Increasing the amount of a polymer known as callose, a substance natural to plants, boosts wood breakdown into sugars. This process may facilitate the utilisation of wood in biorefineries. A research group led by Professor Yrjö Helariutta is the first to succeed in tailoring an entirely new kind of polymer into wood.
Callose detection (in green) in the wood and fibers areas of cals3m trees. (Image: Matthieu Bourdon, Yrjö Helariutta research group)
Researchers are developing better wood for biorefineries - ERC PoC APPLICAL