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 desert and fed by seawater, can produce biofuel “more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks,” says Boeing. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium plans to test the findings this year by planting two crops of different halophytes in Abu Dhabi's sandy soil. The goal ...


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