Researchers engineer E. Coli to produce ethanol directly from brown seaweed with yield equivalent to ~80% of the theoretical maximum
Green Car Congress
JANUARY 20, 2012
Design of the microbial platform for production of biofuels and renewable commodity chemical compounds from macroalgae. Wargacki et al. Click to enlarge. A team of scientists from Bio Architecture Lab (BAL) in Berkeley, California, ( earlier post ) has engineered a strain of Eschericia coli to break down and then to ferment alginate—one of the most abundant sugars in brown algae, but a sugar that industrial microbes can’t metabolize—into ethanol.