ScienceDaily has reported that through work originally designed to remove contaminants from soil, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and their Belgium colleagues at Hasselt University have identified plant-associated microbes that can improve plant growth on marginal land.
According to the ScienceDaily report, the findings may help scientists design strategies for sustainable biofuel production that do not use food crops or agricultural land.
"Biofuels are receiving increased attention as one strategy for addressing the dwindling supplies, high costs, and environmental consequences of fossil fuels," said Brookhaven biologist and lead author Daniel (Niels) van der Lelie. "But competition with agricultural resources is an important socioeconomic concern."
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