An international team of bioengineers has boosted the ability of bacteria to produce isopentenol, a compound with desirable gasoline properties. Isopentenol is a five-carbon alcohol that is a highly promising candidate for biogasoline, but, like other short-chained alcohols, is toxic to E.coli at commercial levels of fuel production. The finding, published in mBio®, the online […]

Khanh-Quang Tran, an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Energy and Process Engineering turns 79% of kelp into bio-oil. Kelp, also known as seaweed, offers all of the advantages of a biofuel feedstock with the additional benefit of growing, not surprisingly, in the ocean. Tran conducted preliminary studies […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have identified a new way to boost yeast tolerance to ethanol by simply altering the composition of the medium in which the yeast are grown. Yeasts are commonly used to remake sugar, corn starch and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol, but high concentrations of ethanol can be […]

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) scientists report some of the best microbial candidates to make biofuel actually may reside in the human lower intestine. Researchers have looked far and wide for microbes that break down hemicellulose focusing over the past years on termite gut microbes because they breakdown wood tissues effectively and cow stomach […]

Imperial College London researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E.coli to generate the first renewable bio-propane fuel. The Brits development is a step towards commercial production of biologically produced fuel that could one day provide an alternative to fossil fuels. Propane is an attractive source of fuel because it burns cleanly, is easy to […]

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