Ariel Schwartz

Researchers Generate Biofuel from Tuberculosis Bacteria

by , 09/29/09
filed under: Renewable Energy

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Dangerous bacteria — is there anything it can’t do? First we learned that scientists at Birmingham University are using E.Coli to clean up nuclear waste, and now comes word that MIT researchers have figured out a way to make biofuels from a bacteria that is related to the strain that produces tuberculosis.

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The groundbreaking research is being conducted around oil-dwelling Rhodococcus bacteria, which are ideal for biofuel production because they eat both sugars and toxic compounds. The bacteria also produce lipids that can be transformed into biodiesel. Thus far, MIT scientists have figured out how to generate Rhodococcus strains that eat glucose, xylose, and glycerol (a waste product from biodiesel production).

The next step: continuing to increase yields with more research over the next few years. Keep an eye on MIT for news of even more strains of bacteria engineered to save the planet — a different team of researchers at the school are working on petroleum-replacing bacteria that absorb CO2 and carbon monoxide.

Via Cleantechnica

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  1. monaleeb November 18, 2014 at 11:34 am

    What do you mean bio-fuel from Tuberculosis, You better not even think about contaminating people with this virus. In fact whatever it is you are looking for make sure there is no mycobacterium that leads to tuberculosis! Now I even have reason to believe it is possible to check into Cacti-family (aloe vera – heal a burn not put out a flame, and perhaps even ice-plant for longer lasting example for automobiles either as a additive or to replace standard petroleum oil. The object better be for better air & ozone conditions, and not jeopardizing human life in your research! Garden & Cities God Bless!

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