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 […]

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, […]

Research presses on for better plant oils to make fuels.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has engineered E.Coli bacteria to produce significantly more of the compound methyl ketone from glucose. Methyl ketones are a class of chemical compounds we’re most familiar with in fragrance and flavoring products and might provide the […]