Clean Energy Innovation: Deriving Biofuel from Pine Trees | Pew

The next wave of advanced biofuels could come from a surprising source — Loblolly and other species of pine trees that blanket the American South.

Tapping pine trees for resin, or terpene, and maple syrup is a 400-year-old practice. But researchers at the University of Florida believe they can use a geneticmodification to increase production of terpene five-fold and convert that into an advanced biofuel.

This renewable energy innovation is made possible in part through a $6.2 milliongrant from ARPA-E.

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