MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

by Lidija Grozdanic, 01/25/13

Scientists at MIT have genetically engineered a soil bacteria that can create fuel for cars. The bioengineered Ralstonia eutropha converts carbon into isobutanol—an alcohol that can replace or blend with gasoline used by vehicles. The new technology could help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and significantly decrease our carbon footprint.

The Ralstonia eutropha bacterium is able to turn molecules of carbon from sugar into energy-dense polymers. By swapping out its genes MIT biologists were able to get the bacteria to produce isobutanol instead of the polymer.

Read more: MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

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