Tag: e.coli

Super-charged conversion path from sugar to diesel fuel

Super-charged conversion path from sugar to diesel fuel

November 16, 2011 |

In California, researchers at Stanford University have discovered that under the right conditions, E. coli can act as a super charged catalytic converter to turn sugars into diesel-type fuels. Though it’s not yet clear how to ensure the right conditions in all cases, the research funded by LS9 discovered that, they’ve found out that when […]

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The SuperFriends and their planet-saving microbial biofuel powers

The SuperFriends and their planet-saving microbial biofuel powers

November 4, 2011 |

Hey – don’t swat that national energy solution. Endowed with special planet-saving powers – e.coli, fungi, termites, flies and bacteria are like the SuperFriends of Saturday mornings past. Mom taught you well, I’ll bet. Swat the flies, pour disinfectant on a slimy mold, and shock a pool or pond that has algae in it. Never […]

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Biofuels conversion at 10X speed? Rice researchers say yes

Biofuels conversion at 10X speed? Rice researchers say yes

August 11, 2011 |

In Texas, researchers from Rice University have developed a genetically modified e.coli bacteria that can produce butanol, from glucose and mineral salts,  about 10 times faster than any previously reported organism. “Rather than going with the process nature uses to build fatty acids, we reversed the process that it uses to break them apart,” said […]

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Researchers add capability to e.coli to produce super-enzymes for plant cell wall breakdown

Researchers add capability to e.coli to produce super-enzymes for plant cell wall breakdown

[ 0 ] October 1, 2010 |

In California, USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center chemist Dominic Wong and partners at Cargill have isolated, sequenced and cloned twelve genes that they believe can be inserted into e.coli bacteria that will produce FAE enzymes. These enzymes are known for their ability to break down plant cell walls, which would make it […]

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