29 Aug '11, 8pm

Panda Poo Could be Key to Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuels

It has long been suspected that animals like pandas that each giant amounts of tough plant matter every day have bacteria in their digestive systems that are especially efficient at breaking down the cellulose in plants into nutrients. The hope is that those bacteria could make a big difference in the production of biofuels from tougher, non-food plants, like switchgrass, corn stalks and wood chips. After collecting panda feces from the Memphis Zoo for over a year, researchers found that was definitely the case.

Full article: http://www.ecogeek.org/biofuels/3583-panda-poo-could-be-k...

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