26 Aug '11, 5pm

Cars Could Run on Recycled Newspaper

Cars Could Run on Recycled Newspaper

Tulane has applied for a patent for a method to produce the biofuel butanol from organic material, a process developed by associate professor David Mullin, right, postdoctoral fellow Harshad Velankar, center, and undergraduate student Hailee Rask. Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano Those that say the newspaper is dead may want to think again. Thanks to recently-discovered bacteria, recycled newsprint could be converted into biofuel. Scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans have discovered a new bacterial strain that can convert paper into butanol, a biofuel that can be used as a substitute for gasoline. They are currently experimenting with copies of The Times Picayune , New Orleans’ venerable daily newspaper, with great success. The strain, dubbed TU-103, is unique in its ability to produce butanol directly from cellulose, an organic compound found in plants and paper. ...

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