Using cyanobacteria to grow chemicals has other
advantages: they do not compete with food needs,
like corn’s role in the creation of ethanol.

Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight

by Staff Writers
Davis CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2013

Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics – the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.

“Most chemical feedstocks come from petroleum and natural gas, and we need other sources,” said Shota Atsumi, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis and lead author on the study published Jan. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of obtaining a quarter of industrial chemicals from biological processes by 2025.

Read more: Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight — Solar Daily.

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