July 2008

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Scientists patent new microbial source for biofuels

A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin. They say that the microbe could provide a signi..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin. They say that the microbe could provide a significant portion of the nation's transportation fuel if production can be scaled up. Along with cellulose, the cyanobacteria—developed by Professor R. Malcolm Brown Jr. and Dr. David Nobles Jr.—secrete glucose and sucrose. These simple sugars are the major sources used to produce ethanol. "The cyanobacterium is potentially a very inexpensive source for sugars to use for ethanol and designer fuels," says Dr. Nobles. The scientists say that their cyanobacteria can be grown in productio

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