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Now, bugs to produce diesel on demand
Washington, April 24, 2013
First Published: 01:34 IST(24/4/2013)
Last Updated: 01:37 IST(24/4/2013)

A team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand.

While the technology still faces many significant commercialisation challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel and so does not need to be blended with petroleum products.

This also means that the diesel can be used with current supplies in existing infrastructure because engines, pipelines and tankers do not need to be modified.

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