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Old 04-20-2009, 02:24 PM   #1
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Yeast and bacteria team up to make gasoline out of garbage

Yeast and bacterium turned into gasoline factory

Take brewer's yeast, add a gene from a salt marsh plant, grow it with an obscure bacterium found in a French landfill, and what have you got? A cheap, renewable way to fuel our cars, claims Christopher Voigt, a synthetic biologist at the University of California, San Francisco.

While biofuels derived from plants can theoretically be a carbon-neutral energy source, many also displace food-producing crops. Making them from cellulose – structural material abundant in crop waste and grasses – can sidestep that problem.

But efficient processes to do so are lacking. Voigt's team was looking for a way to get microbes to do the hard work, converting cellulose from crop waste or grasses into chemicals called methyl halides, which can in turn be turned into regular gasoline in a simple catalytic reaction.


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Old 04-20-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:29 AM   #3
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i've always thought this research interesting. keep our gasoline burning cars, in theory carbon 'neutral', forget drilling for oil AND potentially cheaper. very cool.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:44 AM   #4
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I'm all for it. No need to replace the current fleet of vehicles, no need to create a new distribution system, or modify the current one. Yay bacteria!

I've always thougth that a system that makes gasoline from bacteria would be great to use on household garbage. Use our trash to power the cars. It would reduce what eventually goes to landfills.

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