Glucose is converted by biochemists into hydrocarbons found in gasoline. Sugar-fueled microbes could be used in the production of biofuels.

Scientists at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation said that the novel technology represents a significant advancement in the development and production of sustainable biofuels, commodity chemicals, and materials. This team has created a novel, possibly bio-renewable alternative to petroleum cracking by skillfully mixing biology and chemistry. University of Buffalo is a NYSERNet member. Learn more here:

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Scientists use a two-step process to create hydrocarbons using glucose and E. coli.

Credit: Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo