Bacteria Makes and Stores Oil up to 25 Percent of Body Weight

cyanobacterium.jpgAs reported in The Nihon Keizai Shimbun Friday morning edition--"Photosynthetic bacteria that synthesize light oil and store it internally in amounts totaling 20-25% of their body weight have been discovered living in a hot spring in Japan".

"Bacteria that synthesize heavy oil are known, but these are reportedly the first organisms discovered that manufacture light oil. When grown in a neutral culture fluid and exposed to light, the bacteria combine water and carbon dioxide to make molecules of light oil".

"The discovery was made by the Marine Biotechnology Institute...Recovering the oil is simply a matter of collecting and smashing the bacteria...the institute plans to study ways of using the organisms in a plant for artificially synthesizing light oil".


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