(Thomas Jefferson University) Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have identified a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel. Their paper was published online in Plant Biotechnology Journal.
I wrote a bit ago about using tobacco seeds for fuel. Here, they make the leaves a better source. They doubled the amount of oils that are in the leaves, making the plats much more suitable as a source for biofuels.
It would be pretty ironic if the tobacco industry came to our energy rescue.