Sunday, September 23, 2012

Modify a type of bacteria to produce fuel

The author of this finding is Christopher Brigham, stating that the bacterium Ralstonia Eutropha when it stops growing uses all its energy in the manufacture of complex compounds of carbon.

And it is when your essential source of nutrients is restricted and does not have access to it, mainly nitrate and phosphate, launches a carbon storage mode.This carbon storage have a composition very similar to petroleum-based plastics, and it is here where the team Brighan, modifying some genes and inserting another gene from another organism have achieved that this bacterium is capable of generating fuel instead of plastic.
This modification of the bacteria is bacteria use carbon as a source instead of carbon dioxide, as well as use other types of agricultural waste or debris that can be transformed into fuel also through these changes in the bacteria.

Large enough samples of culture, researchers have managed to prove they can get quantities of Isobutanol, affirming Brigham one of their next goals is to increase the speed of production and obtaining this type of fuel as well as the introduction of bioreactors to industrial level for significant amounts of Isobutanol.
Who knows if we have a breakthrough in the search for natural and alternative sources of fuel, but we still have to wait and see how it works and progress investigations of the instituto Tecnológico of Massachusetts in the pursuit of a new type of fuel, although the drawback here is that we we have a new type of fuel, but it would not, as so far the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere and protection of the environment.

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