10 Aug '11, 6pm

Can A New Bug Speed Up Biofuel Production By 10X?: Microorganisms can work chemical wonders, turning forest wa...

Can A New Bug Speed Up Biofuel Production By 10X?: Microorganisms can work chemical wonders, turning forest wa...

Microorganisms can work chemical wonders, turning forest waste into fuel. Unfortunately, they also aren't very fast. Rice University researchers have come up with a way to cure this persistent problem that, if put into practice, could dramatically lower the price and increase the volume of biofuel production. The new technique essentially would allow genetically modified organisms to generate fuel up to ten times faster than the GMO cousins do it now. Put another way, a 30 million gallon a year plant could conceivably become a 300 million gallon a year plant. The first commercial application could be the production of a renewable form of butanol, used as jet fuel. The organisms also feed on glucose and mineral salts, some of the cheapest feedstocks around, rather than designer sugars, says Ramon Gonzalez, an associate professor of biomolecular engineering at the university...

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