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Clean, Green High Performance Biofuels From Carbon Dioxide

Could coal-burning power plants be a future source of biofuels? A team of researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) led by Harry Beller of the Earth Sciences Division has engineered a common soil bacterium, Ralstonia eutropha, to produce high-performance diesel fuel from carbon dioxide rather than from the sugars in cellulosic biomass. Their R. eutropha generates significant quantities of methyl ketones, aliphatic compounds that have high diesel fuel ratings. The JBEI team included Jana Müller, Daniel MacEachran, Helcio Burd, Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh, Changhao Bi, Yi-Chun Yeh, Taek Soon Lee, Nathan Hillson, Swapnil Chhabra and Steven Singer. More>