GreenTracker| US Department of Energy researchers have developed a microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel directly from biomass. Deploying the tools of synthetic biology, the JBEI researchers engineered a strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to produce biodiesel fuel and other important chemicals derived from fatty acids.
The discovery is exciting because it’s renewable and sustainable as a liquid fuel, with competing with food, questionable land-use practices and other environmental concerns associated with production, says Jay Keasling, the Chief Executive Officer for JBEI, and a leading scientific authority on synthetic biology.
The collaboration has published the results of their research in the January 28, 2010 edition of the journal Nature. The paper is titled, “Microbial Production of Fatty Acid-Derived Fuels and Chemicals from Plant Biomass.” via Science Daily