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Bacteria Produced Petroleum?

pozessed
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10/7/2013 12:00:19 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Seems like they are on the right track. It will be great if they can find a way to mass produce this. Well, as long as it is safe.

http://www.the-scientist.com...
RoyLatham
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10/9/2013 5:05:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
That's a real breakthrough.

Currently yeast convert sugar to ethanol, and this gets sugar to diesel fuel. What would be better is to start with cellulose (from wood bark and plant leaves and stems) and get gasoline or diesel. Currently, cellulose can be converted to methanol in one step of fermentation. That's really cheap because there is so much waste cellulose like corn stalks and the like. Methanol is extremely toxic, so toxic that it cannot be safely used to fuel vehicles. A few years ago, a noted scientist started a project to engineer a bacteria that would convert cellulose directly to gasoline. I never read anything more about it after the announcement a few years ago. Maybe the sugar to diesel success gives hope,