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Folding of xylan onto cellulose fibrils in plant cell walls revealed by solid-state NMR

last modified Dec 21, 2016 02:08 PM

Prof Paul Dupree and colleagues have published a paper in Nature Communications titled "Folding of xylan onto cellulose fibrils in plant cell walls revealed by solid-state NMR".

 

'Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the journal Nature Communications. The study, led by a father and son team at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge, solves a long-standing mystery of how key sugars in cells bind to form strong, indigestible materials.'

More information, including a link to the full article, can be found here.