New role of mi­crobes in bio­fuel pro­duc­tion

Chemical Industry Digest - - New Developments -

Anew re­search has led to a new dis­cov­ery of get­ting the mi­crobes to pro­duce fuel from the pro­teins in­stead of uti­liz­ing the pro­tein for its own growth.

The fo­cus of the ex­per­i­ment was to in­duce the mi­crobes un­der the study to pro­duce a spe­cific kind of pro­teins rather than what they other­wise might be in­clined to pro­duce. This spe­cial pro­tein could be re­fined in to bio­fuel. The task was to make the mi­crobes pro­duce only this kind of pro­tein rather than uti­liz­ing it for their own growth and growth re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties as they other­wise do.

This has been claimed as the first ever at­tempt to use the pro­teins as a source for gen­er­at­ing en­ergy. The sci­en­tists have tam­pered with usual ni­tro­gen me­tab­o­lism process and in­duced biore­fin­ing process and al­tered the me­tab­o­liz­ing of ni­tro­gen at the cel­lu­lar level, as pub­lished in Na­ture Biotech­nol­ogy.

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