Engineered Bacteria Produce Biofuel Alternative for Rocket FuelApril 2, 2014
The team of Georgia Tech graduate student Stephen Sarria and Professor Pamela Peralta-Yahya boosted pinene production six-fold from previous efforts by inserting enzymes from trees into the bacterium. High density fuels are needed in applications where minimizing fuel weight is important.
"We have made a sustainable precursor to a tactical fuel with a high energy density," said Peralta-Yahya. She added that they are now working on 'drop-in' fuel that looks like what is produced from petroleum and can fit into existing distribution systems.
For more details about this research, read the news release available at http://www.news.gatech.edu/2014/03/26/engineered-bacteria-produce-biofuel-alternative-high-energy-rocket-fuel.
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