Gallery: Watermelon Power May One Day Juice Your Car

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Watermelons are not just a favorite summer treat, – according to new research by the US Department of Agriculture, they may soon fuel our cars. Research reveals that watermelon juice has a relatively high concentration of directly fermentable sugars, which may be a valuable source for biofuel due to the ease with which they can be fermented into ethanol. But don’t worry about your favorite corn field being plowed under to make way for a new cash crop – researchers say there are enough wasted watermelons out there to use as biofuel feedstock.

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  1. Franlainsher June 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks :)

  2. RockSteady August 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Reading between the lines a little: Consumers will not but perfectly good watermelon if they have a surface blemish so farmers overproduce. Consumers have also been fooled into believing that lycopene and L-citrulline supplements are vital so will buy these in pill form, the molecules having been extracted from those excess watermelon. The watermelon juice remaining from this extraction can be used to produce or increase production of ethanol in a bioreactor by a small amount

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