Modified bacteria turn waste into fuel 

“Green” chemistry turns plant waste into fatty acids, and then into fuel.

Genetically modified E. coli bacteria are being used to to produce fatty acids from hydrolysates of biomass products such as  switchgrass and forestry residues. There are two ways to make fuel from biomass – either you make alcohol, or you make petroleum-like fuels that can go into current infrastructure. This program is for infrastructure-compatible transportation fuels. Since the project began, the researchers have increased fuel production 100-fold.



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