Will Tobacco make the next Green Biofuel?
Will tobacco make the next green biofuel? Researchers at the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University discovered two genes that control oil production in tobacco plants: diacyglycerol acytransferase (DGAT) gene and the Leafy Cotyledon 2 gene. Modifying the genes makes the the plant’s oil production go into overdrive, with 20 times the standard amount of oil being produced in some cases. This research is still in preliminary stage, but it does leave me hopeful for a positive use of the tobacco plant. Maybe if this proves to be as cost effective as selling cigarettes, the tobacco companies may be less aggressive about marketing cigarettes to unassuming kids.