Bugs produce diesel on demand

Featured Image: Low-temperature electron micro graph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times. Each individual bacterium is oblong shaped. CREDIT:  Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA, ARS, EMU. SOURCE: Wikipedia (Public Domain)

From Bio Fuel Daily by Staff Writers

Exeter UK (SPX) Apr 23, 201

It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialisation challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E. coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel and so does not need to be blended with petroleum products as is often required by biodiesels derived from plant oils. . . . Read Complete Report

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