A team of researchers of Jay Keasling’s group with the US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Berkeley Lab operated Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has engineered the bacterium Ralstonia eutropha – a microbe now used to produce biodegradable plastic for the production of fatty acid-derived, diesel-range methyl ketones. The team uses R. eutropha, which is a chemolithoautotroph […]

John E. Carlson, professor of molecular genetics at Penn State has begun the research into genetically engineering the jatropha plant for drought resistance.  Jatropha is a high potential biofuel plant grown in marginal land areas where droughts are common.  Carlson leads an international group of scientists that has identified the first step toward engineering a […]

A team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand.  Sounding a bit like science fiction the technology still faces many significant commercialization challenges. But the diesel, produced by the special strains of E. coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel, […]

The Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has sent out their press release announcing the discovery and design of a catalyst to build synthetic fuels from natural gas and biomass using the Fischer-Tropsch process.  The catalyst has already been patented by the Total S.A. oil and gas company.  This […]

Biology scientists at University of California San Diego genetically engineered marine algae to produce five different kinds of industrially important enzymes and say the same process they used could be employed to enhance the yield of petroleum-like compounds from these salt-water algae.  The team believes with good reason that marine algae can be just as […]

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