Panda Poo Could be Key to Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuels

August 29, 2011 · Print This Article

Scientists from Mississippi State University have discovered that panda poo could hold the answers to faster, cleaner and cheaper biofuels.

It has lengthy been suspected that animals like pandas that each giant amounts of hard plant matter every day have bacteria in their digestive systems that are particularly efficient at breaking down the cellulose in plants into nutrients. The hope is that those bacteria could invent a big difference in the production

of biofuels from tougher, non-food plants, like switchgrass, corn stalks and wood chips.  After collecting panda feces from the Memphis Zoo for by a year, researchers found that was definitely the case.

So far the scientists have identified several types of digestive bacteria from the feces. Some are similar to those found in termite feces, but the study has shown the bacteria in the panda feces could be even better at […]

[Source] Cynthia


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