Gallery: New ‘Super Yeast’ Will Reduce Crop Usage In Biofuel Production


One of the greater issues associated with biofuel is that the sheer amount of grain required to create it could potentially feed millions of people. In fact, when the ‘Biofuel Revolution’ started under the Bush Administration in 2007, the volume of crops diverted to biofuel production had been said to be impacting  food supplies worldwide. To respond to this issue, researchers at the University of  California have reportedly created a ‘super yeast’ made from a selection of genes from a common fungus, all combined with yeast. The new super yeast is anticipated to become a cost effective alternative to food crops (such as grain and soy) in the creation of biofuel, as well as an agent that could reportedly “chew its way through wood and other tough plants.”

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