Green Fuel From Tree Fungus!
By November 4th, 2008Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10:48 on
According to U.S. scientists, a tree fungus could provide ecological fuel that can be pumped directly into vehicles. The organism, which was discovered in the Patagonian rainforest, naturally produces in a mixture of chimcale that is very similar to diesel, informs The Guradian.
Fungus, called Gliocladium roseum, grows inside the ulmo tree in northern Patagonia and produce a series of carbohydrate molecules that are identical to the compounds from fossil fuel.
In principle, biofuels are an attractive replacement of the fossil. The European Union has set a target for biofuel of 5.75% by 2010 and 10% by 2020. However, critics declared that the current forms of biofuel reduce too little greenhouse gas emissions and lead to deforestation and food price rises.
Sustainable biofuel production is a new target, and now experts are nearing to find viable solutions. Many simple organisms such as algae, producing chemicals like hydrocarbons, but according to Strobel, none produce the explosive hydrocarbons with the high energy density of those in mycodiesel.
Another advantage of this tree fungus is that eat cellulose, the compound that is part of organic matter that is now discarded.
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