US researchers develop new ways of producing biofuels from E-coli

US researchers develop new ways of producing biofuels from E-coli
US researchers from Washington University have developed a new way to harness the chemical production properties of E.coli bacteria, making the production of certain biofuels from the bacteria more efficient. The new method, described in a paper published in the journal Metabolic Engineering, involves the development of two different protein pathways capable of chemically affecting the production of biofuel in E.coli. Previously, researchers have had difficulty producing branched-chain fatty acids (BCFA) as common bacteria like E.coli mostly produce straight-chain fatty acids (SCFA), which have inferior fuel properties. The new method could enable the E.coli bacteria to boost its BCFA production to 80% of all fuel products.

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