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What is transtersefication?
In the UK rapeseed represents the greatest potential for biodiesel production.
In this activity you will listen to the audio slidecast in which Dr Angela Karp from Rothamsted Research discusses some of the issues relating to the use of biofuels in the UK.
Dr Angela Karp works at Rothamsted Research International, the largest horticultural research establishment in the UK. Her research group is particularly interested in looking at those plants species that grow well in the UK but which are not used as agricultural crops. They are investigating the ways of optimising how such crops can be utilised for use as liquid biofuels. Listen to the slidecast and then answer the following questions.
(You may find it helpful to listen all the way through once, then read the questions before going back to listen again, pausing where appropriate to make notes.)
What type of research is Angela Karp’s group doing?
What are the main difficulties in using woody crops as biofuels?
Which polymers within the cell wall contain the sugars? What other component of the cell wall makes it particularly difficult to access the sugar-containing polymers?