Sugar Cane-Cross Sect-tight crop22

Sugar Cane-Cross Sect-tight crop22

Cross section of freshly cut sugar cane

A freshly cut stalk of sugar cane. Every plant cell is surrounded by a fibrous wall that provides strength while allowing the cell to continue growing. Penn State scientists are studying how the cell walls are made, information that could lead to better ways of harvesting the energy stored in their chemical bonds.

IMAGE: Patrick Mansell