Research Watch: Engineering Plants to Make Plastics got a chance to talk to Brookhaven National Laboratory and U.S Department of Energy (DOE) biochemist John Shanklin about the research being done to engineer plants to produce chemicals needed for plastics that would replace (or at least reduce) the need for fossil fuels. The key to the research is getting plants to produce higher yields of particular fatty acids (FAs) used in the production of plastics.

Shankin says that while these FAs in their research could only be used to produce low density polyethylene, the principles could be applied to the production of other plastic products.

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