Microbe turns newspaper to fuel

August 31, 2011


Scientists from New Orleans’ Tulane University, discovered a bacteria that converts the dailies to butanol – a flamable material similar to gasoline. The new microbes called TU-103 eats the cellulose materials found in organic materials such as newspapers then produces butanol as by-product. Although there were other bacteria that produces similar reaction, they have all required an oxygen-free environment which would cost more. The h bacteria doesn’t need such setup. The abundance of organic materials for these bacteria to thrive on makes this a very promising alternative as bio-fuel.



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