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Turning Fungus Into Fuel

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posted on May, 5 2008 @ 09:26 AM
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Turning Fungus Into Fuel


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ScienceDaily (May 5, 2008) — A spidery fungus with a voracious appetite for military uniforms and canvas tents could hold the key to improvements in the production of biofuels, a team of government, academic and industry researchers has announced.

In a paper published today in Nature Biotechnology, researchers led by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute announced that the genetic sequence of the fungus Tricoderma reesei has uncovered important clues about how the organism breaks down plant fibers into simple sugars. The finding could unlock possibilities for industrial processes that can more efficiently and cost effectively convert corn, switchgrass and even cellulose-based municipal waste into ethanol. Ethanol from waste products is a more-carbon-neutral alternative to gasoline.
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posted on May, 5 2008 @ 09:26 AM
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One of my abiding interests is mycology and whenever I come across something like this I am facinated. I have said on other threads dealing with the world of fungi that they are among the most chemically complex forms of life on this planet and the more they learn about them the more astounded I become.

If this study pans out, it could be big.

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posted on May, 5 2008 @ 10:44 AM
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Oh yes! Fungi are integral to life on earth. For one thing they breakdown nutrients in the soil and trade them for sugars from trees through their mycorrhizae. They are medicinal, psycoactive and nutritious.

In a survival situation it will be valuable to know the local fungi. It's just about oyster mushroom season up here.
YUMM!!!



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