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Washington State scientists making poplars with rose scent
Tri-Valley Dispatch ^ | 02/12/14 | Sandi Doughton

Posted on 02/12/2014 9:56:24 AM PST by Abathar

SEATTLE — Sniff the air around Norman Lewis’ experimental poplars, and you won’t pick up the scent of roses.

But inside the saplings’ leaves and stems, cells are hard at work producing the chemical called 2-phenylethanol — which by any other name would smell as sweet.

Sweeter still is the fact that perfume and cosmetics companies will pay as much as $30 an ounce for the compound that gives roses their characteristic aroma. Because what Lewis and his colleagues at Washington State University are really chasing is the smell of money.

Born out of the frustrating quest to wring biofuels from woody plants, the WSU project takes a different tack. Instead of grinding up trees to produce commercial quantities of so-called cellulosic ethanol, their goal is to turn poplars into living factories that churn out modest levels of chemicals with premium price tags.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Washington
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"“Biofuels don’t provide a compelling economic case at this point in time,” he said. “We’ve been trying for many decades to understand how plants make these special chemicals that can be used in flavorings, fuels and medicinals, and that seemed like the obvious first place to target.”"

What is this?? A professor who actually understands markets and economics when developing new GM products?

Good read, and this from a guy with my tagline...

1 posted on 02/12/2014 9:56:24 AM PST by Abathar
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To: Abathar

What tagline?......................


2 posted on 02/12/2014 10:00:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Hey, it’s there... WTH?


3 posted on 02/12/2014 10:04:09 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Red Badger
"“Biofuels don’t provide a compelling economic case at this point in time,” he said.

He should be introduced to the Chinese Tallow Tree, otherwise known as the Popcorn Tree. It makes a white vegetable fat covering its seeds, hence the 'popcorn' name, that when rendered can be used as a diesel fuel......................

4 posted on 02/12/2014 10:04:13 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Abathar

Somebody stole it.................


5 posted on 02/12/2014 10:21:23 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Abathar

Taglines don’t show on the first post to a thread.


6 posted on 02/12/2014 10:36:53 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

When did FR switch to Pacific time?


7 posted on 02/12/2014 10:47:48 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Abathar

“perfume and cosmetics companies will pay as much as $30 an ounce for the compound”

It’s $90 a liter from Sigma-Aldrich.


8 posted on 02/12/2014 10:49:12 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Beagle8U

Always been pacific time afaik


9 posted on 02/12/2014 10:50:12 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Beagle8U

There’s another time???


10 posted on 02/12/2014 10:50:55 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

It showed as Eastern Daylight time until a couple days ago.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 10:52:41 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

Not for those of us in FR’s home state...


12 posted on 02/12/2014 10:53:56 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

So you’re saying FR posted time of posts based on the poster’s time zone?


13 posted on 02/12/2014 10:56:27 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Abathar
Instead of grinding up trees to produce commercial quantities of so-called cellulosic ethanol

What the h*ll is that?

14 posted on 02/12/2014 10:58:41 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: Beagle8U

I believe so. Haven’t much thought about it.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 10:59:20 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

It didn’t until a couple days ago, every post was on Eastern Daylight or Eastern Standard time.


16 posted on 02/12/2014 11:01:59 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: null and void

Although I live in the United States Central time zone, I can see a good use for Universal (Greenwich) time.


17 posted on 02/12/2014 11:05:33 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Beagle8U

It’s probably stored as GMT but displayed as the viewer’s local time.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 11:09:22 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: reg45

Well, now it isn’t.

It shows everyone on Pacific time.


19 posted on 02/12/2014 11:11:29 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U; reg45; null and void

*SLAP*

Focus people! We’re talking about wood that smells like flowers here!


20 posted on 02/12/2014 11:30:34 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Next it will be trees that smell like spices, I suppose you’ll object to us noting the thyme then too...


21 posted on 02/12/2014 11:33:22 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Abathar

Imagine if they could make diesel fuel smell like roses. Wow!


22 posted on 02/12/2014 11:57:07 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: null and void
"Next it will be trees that smell like spices, I suppose you’ll object to us noting the thyme then too..."

(grumble, grumble) Smartasses (grumble, grumble)

23 posted on 02/12/2014 12:00:32 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

I don’t think these scientists know about market elasticity.


24 posted on 02/12/2014 12:40:37 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Abathar

Interesting.


25 posted on 02/12/2014 1:02:42 PM PST by OldNewYork
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