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Gliocladium Roseum: Rotten Grapes Fungus Produces Diesel

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Although solar powered devices and solar cells emerge like mushrooms, we still need an immediate solution to power our old cars, until old fuels are completely replaced.

Gliocladium Roseum is a fungus from the Patagonian rainforest, that also grows on wine grapes. It cannot be burned directly, but it seems to produce diesel fuel (or at least molecules found in diesel), out of cellulose.

Montana State University made an experiment that concluded that these species of fungi can grow on cellulose and produce hydrocarbon and derivatives that look much like diesel. This fungus is like a diesel converting plant, that’s why the fuel it produces has been named “myco-diesel”.

“We were very excited to discover that G. roseum can digest cellulose. Although the fungus makes less myco-diesel when it feeds on cellulose compared to sugars, new developments in fermentation technology and genetic manipulation could help improve the yield,” said Professor Gary Strobel from Montana State University. “In fact, the genes of the fungus are just as useful as the fungus itself in the development of new biofuels.”

Finding newer methods for reaching to biodiesel must not interfere with people’s way of living, and it must in any circumstance not make food more expensive. Additionally, it must not be an excuse for stopping or slowing the true clean and alternative energy research.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. hi!
    I have to do a school project .. must propose a species to complete genome sequencing .. I thought about Gliocladium roseum , but not have enough information, could you send me some information about species or tell me your opinion .. sequencing might be useful this body. Thanks in advance!

  2. hi,we have a project about glicoladium on taxus baccata and signs of it . please send me informations about it and culture media this fungi.thank u

  3. Hi. I have a scientific project in my school about biodiesel and glicoladium roseum . can you please send to me information about this project,methodology,where can i collect the sample,the details of isolation of the fungus and other imformation.
    Thank you
    Marcelina

  4. Hi, I’m a student from poland and I wanted to know is there any possibility to get some sapmles from you? I’ll be very gratefull for your answer.
    Marta

  5. Pl send me the details of isolation of the fungus .Is there any specific media? or PDA is enough.
    Yours sincerely
    meena

  6. respected sir,
    i am doing Msc bio technology.I like to do project in glicoladium roseum for the biodiesal production. can you tell me the methodology.where can i collect the sample .THANK YOU

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