Volume 91 Issue 34 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 26, 2013

Microbial Duo Turns Cellulose Into Fuel

Fungus-bacterium combo converts plant roughage to isobutyl alcohol
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: isobutanol, isobutyl alcohol, biofuel, cellulose, fungus, bacteria, corn, gasoline

Fuels derived from biological processing of cellulose could serve as environmentally friendly gasoline replacements. But organisms that break the complex plant matter into sugars and convert them to fuels on a commercial scale have proved elusive. Now, Jeremy J. Minty of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and coworkers report using not one but two microbes to make a cellulosic biofuel from inedible plant matter (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2013, DOI: . . .

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