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Bacteria used to create ethanol for biofuels

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US scientists claim to have successfully used bacteria to create cheap, environmentally-friendly biofuels.

According to research presented at the annual general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, these microscopic organisms are "biological factories" that can serve as alternatives to fossil fuels.

Currently, the majority of biofuel comes from ethanol, which is fermented from sugars that are found in corn starch.

However, a team of US researchers has learned that a bacterium called A. thermophilum can break down plant-based (cellulosic) biomass into sugars and ferment it into ethanol without the need for specifically grown feedstock.
 
 

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