Plant Crops as a Source of Fuel and Hydrocarbon-Like Materials

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Science  02 Dec 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4320, pp. 942-944
DOI: 10.1126/science.198.4320.942


Chemical analyses have been made of a number of plant species in order to assess their suitability as renewable sources of hydrocarbon-like photosynthetic products. Yields of rubber and wax, glycerides, isoprenoids, and other terpenoids were estimated. Individual sterols were identified in latex from some species.