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Over the past few years, renewable energy sources have moved into the spotlight of our modern society. Fossil sources of energy tend to run short and, moreover, cause severe environmental damage. As a consequence, new and ecologically compatible resources need to be opened up for industrial use. Against this backdrop, MultiBioPro aims to develop and implement multipurpose crops that will deliver improved biomass extractability as well as new sources of non-food oils and biomaterials. In doing so, the project will provide new insight into the enhanced use of renewable energy sources, potentially leading to a long-term reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The MultiBioPro research project is funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union and is coordinated by Dr. Alisdair Fernie, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam/Germany. Eleven partners from six European countries will collaborate in the MultiBioPro consortium within the project's lifetime of 48 months, from October 2012 to September 2016.

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