UCLAs Synechococcus Elongatus in Petri Dish. Genetically engineered strains of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus in a Petri dish.

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  1. John Blakeman on December 11, 2009 8:05 AM

    The proper name of this cyanobacterium is Synechococcus elongatus, with a small e (pronounced “Syne-ah-coe-COCK-us ee-lon-GATE-us”).

    The microbial production of 4-carbon butanol molecules, in commercial volumes, has great promise; more so than energy-weak 2-carbon ethanol. Butanol isomers can be a direct gasoline replacement, with little of the corrosion or water water uptake problems of ethanol.

    As with all other biofuels, production costs and volumes will be the issues.

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