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Friday, 10th December 2010
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Toyota research sugar cane fuel

Japanese auto-maker Toyota Motor Corp is undertaking research in an attempt to increase ethanol production.

The company is analysing the DNA of sugar cane varieties to help quicken the production to four years.

Working with the national Agricultural Research Centre for Kyushu Okiniawa region, Toyota has identified the position of genes that could increase sugar content and improve disease-resistance.

Japanese companies are keen to look at ways of reducing the country's reliance on overseas energy resources in the long-term as well as reducing Japan's carbon emissions. Toyota believes that a more efficient and high-yield production process of making ethanol could help achieve this.

Toyota has also confirmed that it is to increase production in Thailand and Argentina in a bid to offset declining sales in Japan.

Written by Mark Smith.

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