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E. coli Bacteria Could Be the Next Source for Cheaper Biofuels
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 29, 2010 @ 5:47 pm In Environment,Green Transportation,Innovation,Renewable Energy | No Comments
E. coli may not be the smartest thing for your body to ingest, but this bacteria could be just the thing to get vehicles up and running around more efficiently. A team of researchers at LS9  — a self-described “renewable petroleum company” — have discovered that the unsavory Escherichia coli could be used to make so-called “drop-in” biofuels at existing pipelines and refineries.
So far, LS9 researchers have produced 10 liters of E. coli-generated alkane (the main hydrocarbon found in gas, diesel, and jet fuel) in a 1,000-liter fermentation tank in the company’s labs. A larger scale demonstration plant is now in the works, and LS9 hopes that the the price point of E.coli -produced fuel could ring in at just $50 a barrel. Not bad news for a bacteria  hated by meat-lovers everywhere.
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Via New Scientist 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/29/e-coli-bacteria-could-be-the-source-for-cheaper-biofuels/e-coli-ag-res-mag/
 E. coli : http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2009%2F09%2F22%2Fe-coli-cleans-up-nuclear-waste-cheaply-efficiently%2F&ei=q_JRTN6GFYuongff6czxAw&usg=AFQjCNHJo-scUF9d45vDYrEJ-B-SlUQE1Q
 LS9: http://www.ls9.com/
 E. coli bacteria: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/new-nuclear-reactors-may-almost-completely-destroy-atomic-waste/&sa=X&ei=q_JRTN6GFYuongff6czxAw&ved=0CB4QzgQoATAA&usg=AFQjCNEO3vT9lElS9lM0PlR1mVNZO1Wshw
 microbes: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CCcQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F05%2F07%2Fthree-inch-device-detects-3000-types-of-viruses-and-bacteria%2F&ei=zPJRTMP8LMionQfd9LyqAw&usg=AFQjCNHdCCU3POcSNaLJXsZB_ZdkSEP6Vg
 E.coli: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CC8QFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2008%2F09%2F22%2Fscientists-develop-plastic-producing-bacteria%2Fbacteria-plastic-manufacturing-bdo-butanediol-genomatica-plastic-producing-bacteria-plastic-producing-e-coli-e-coli-genetic-engineering-bio-manufacturing-genetic-engineering-plastic-producing%2F&ei=zPJRTMP8LMionQfd9LyqAw&usg=AFQjCNFllmd0bsKVrIrZmP6YJJAd8XRbAg
 bacteria: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CCsQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F03%2F19%2Fscientists-develop-eco-friendly-polymer-that-combats-bio-terrorism%2F&ei=zPJRTMP8LMionQfd9LyqAw&usg=AFQjCNElsYsZ2RwMJwd50QLQI3gd6119gg
 New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19238-e-coli-engineered-to-make-convenient-dropin-biofuel.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news
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