Biofuels In One Easy Step: Just Add Modified E. Coli
Researchers at Berkeley National Laboratory have made it easier than ever to turn plant matter into usable fuel.By Evan Thomas | May 10, 2016
New research could make cooking up batches of biofuel as easy as using a crockpot.
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have condensed a common biofuel manufacturing process down to a single container.
The old method was a three-step process: Liquid salts break down plant matter. Enzymes convert the plant matter into sugars. Then, microbes like E. coli convert the sugars to biofuels. Those steps had to be broken up because the enzymes and microbes couldn't survive the salts.