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Two-For-One Special: Industrial Enzymes And Food

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July 16, 1999
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is growing valuable industrial enzymes in non-edible portions of potatoes and other crops. They’ve developed a method to grow the enzymes only in the vines, resulting in two profitable crops from one plant -- potatoes for food and cellulases for producing ethanol.

RICHLAND, Wash. - Some crops are grown for food while others are grown to produce consumer products, but a special group of potato plants now is doing both at once. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a specialized capability to control genes that are transplanted into a plant. Researchers are able to direct desirable traits into a specific portion of a plant, allowing dual-use of one crop.


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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Two-For-One Special: Industrial Enzymes And Food." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 July 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/07/990715134504.htm>.
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