By Amanda Froelich,
Newly sustainable solutions continue to be discovered at an encouraging rate; the latest, E.Coli, a contaminant many who have been poisoned by don’t easily forget, has potential to be utilized for beneficial means. Scientists believe the metabolic engineering to produce fuel from E.coli could eventually lead to its use as a deliberate cooking agent and even it being worn as makeup.
Korean scientists take credit for discovering the method of how to produce gasoline from the germ. The researchers said that the chemical composition of the gasoline is actually quite simple as it is made up of almost exclusively hydrocarbons (or alkanes) with some additives and blending.
The increased need for sustainable bio-fuels inspired the project which eventually led to the successfully produced diesel using microbial methods. However, they have not had much luck in making gasoline, which is of equal importance for fueling various modes of transport.
The team of engineers from Daejon, South Korea, cracked the problem to produce E.coli for the first time according to source, dvice. This feat was accomplished by using metabolic engineering to make short fatty acid derivatives that allow bio synthesis of short-chain alkanes; the process yielded the gasoline, as well as fatty esters and alcohols, simply by adding enzymes.
An interesting use for the bacteria, their discovery could lead to people deliberately cooking with an E.coli-derived product – vegetable oil, and even wearing it in the form of make-up. However, the technique is still in its infancy and on a small scale; so far it has only produced 580 mg of gasoline per liter.
With future refinements in performance, productivity, and concentration, it could one day prove a viable and flexible substance.