Discovery resurrects process to convert sugar directly to diesel

A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives (cordite) can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, UC Berkeley scientists have discovered. They used Clostridium acetobutylicum, often called the often called the "Weizmann organism", after Chaim Weizmann who cultured the bacteria to produce produce acetone, ethanol and butanol in a process called the ABE method. A report on the new development has appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of the journal Nature.

Source: UC Berkeley News Center, November 7, 2012

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