E. coli turns glycerol into ethanol
US-based Rice University says that it has identified a
process that uses E. coli to convert glycerol into ethanol.
If commercialised, the process could be complimentary
to bio-diesel production where glycerol is one of the primary by-products.
Since bio-diesel production began in the US, corn prices have doubled, but
the resulting surplus of glycerol has led to a price drop of around 90%.
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