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Researchers at Dartmouth have genetically engineered a bacterium that makes ethanol as the is ultram legal to buy online only product of its fermentation from breaking down products like wood and it's great! levitra online us grass. Researchers in the school's engineering department working with Mascoma Corporation have come up with the first step, a proof of concept, of ethanol-producing microbes that can make ethanol from cellulosic biomass without adding enzymes. The next step is developing the bacterium for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol.

Mascoma's has been extolling it's system for a while now, saying they were certain that they'd have the proper bacteria ready for implemention in an ethanol production plant. Turns out they weren't just full of e-coli.

The discovery could eventually lead to a process to turn inedible cellulosic biomass such as wood, grass and various waste materials, into ethanol. The heat-loving bacterium developed has an advantage over the current method because cellulase enzymes used for ethanol production is expensive. Lee Lynd, a professor at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, says the genetically engineered new organism can augment the buy viagra canada process at a lower cost.

The researchers published their findings in last week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

The hunt for cheaper ways of producing ethanol is a race engaging researchers in multiple disciplines. Everyone wants to find alternatives to petroleum-derived fuel for transportation and other ways of producing ethanol that is not through food source.

What the researchers found was they could genetically engineer a bacterium that worked at high temperatures to break down the sugar out of wood, which could then be distilled into fuel.

All the current ethanol produced in the U.S. comes from corn. However, there are problems in doing that because corn as a raw material for ethanol production is costly and cheaper technology for converting cellulosic materials would make ethanol a more suitable alternative to discount generic cialis online no prescription petroleum.

The raw material used in making cellulosic ethanol won't affect food crops on a large scale and could be cost-wise competitive with petroleum. Environmental pluses would be near-zero net greenhouse gas emissions in a sustainable carbon cycle with the CO2 captured growing the biomass roughly the same as the CO2 emitted while running an engine.

What the researchers at Dartmouth and Mascoma hope to eventually create is viagra 50 mg from canadian pharmacy a one-step process for making cellulosic ethanol in a combined process of only for you buy levitra us putting microbes and a mixture of biomass into one tank and how can i buy cialis in canada having ethanol come out in the end.

Via: Technology Review and Vermont Public Radio  and Dartmouth College

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written by, September 17, 2008
reading the article it does not seem as ready as the title is asserting smilies/sad.gif

avoid to use don't oversell your articles, just bring us some real information (here, just the title was rather misleading)
written by JK, September 17, 2008
Wee Willie Dittler of the Gaytoo Club often does the same thing when pumping SunOpta. Commercial cellulosic ethnaol will come but hypsters like Willie "biggestbison" Dittler make it harder for people to discern what's real from what's present-day fantasy.
Good news
written by Steve N. Lee, September 17, 2008
Okay, so it isn't 'ready' ready.
It's only 'almost' ready.
Come on, guys, don't let a title detract from the fact that this is a step forward in our search for an alternative fuel. Especially one that doesn't draw on a food source. Is there some sort of phrase about books and covers!?

Sadly, I find it hard to comment on this post because the link to the full article isn't working at present.

That said, one of the major problems with corn is that it is a food source and to get enough fuel to power the planet AND eat, we'd probably have to cut down every single growing thing that other than corn to be able to harvest enough. Okay, so we might let a bush or two grow in Mongolia. And maybe some grass in Wisconsin - make it a new national park!

But seriously, while trees grow slower than corn, grass grows quickly. And forests and grasslands, harvested or not, allow ecosystems to develop and thrive that a corn field won't. Okay, it's not a perfect source, but it is an improvement on what we've got so far. Who knows where it might lead?

I look forward to seeing more on levitra web sites the possibilities. (Or even seeing the referenced article one day!)

Steve N. Lee
author of eco-blog
and suspense thriller 'What if...?'

"Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supp
written by Russ Brown, September 17, 2008
"What the researchers at Dartmouth and Mascoma hope to eventually create . . ."

A "proof of concept" is far removed from a viable process. Both cellulosic ethanol and cialis for sale cheap shale oil promoters have been hustling funding on the basis of vague promises and unproven energy and economic balances.

Caveat emptor.
Better "Proof of Concept" than empty war
written by James Love, September 18, 2008
Had GW Bush spent the 1 Trillion dollars on research rather than the Iraq war we might have more than just Proofs of Concept. We might actually have an alternative to oil which help both the environment but also global politics.

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