Deserts could become sources of biofuel, based on research conducted by Boeing and partners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The research has shown that saltwater-tolerant plants called halophytes, grown in coastal deserts and fed by seawater, can produce biofuel “more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks,” says Boeing. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) will test the findings this year by planting two crops of different halophytes in Abu Dhabi’s sandy ...


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