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Cellulosic ethanol crops hampered by US regulation

Major regulatory reforms and possibly new legislation are needed if the production of cellulosic ethanol from biofuel crops in the US is to reach its full potential, say researchers from the US Oregon State University (OSU – Cornvallis). The development of new biofuel crops is being “significantly hampered” by regulatory requirements that make it “almost impossible” to use techniques such as genetic modification, they say. The use of GMO technology in perennial cellulosic biofuel crops has been regulated “virtually out of existence”, says Professor Steven Strauss from OSU’s College of Forestry.

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