A BBSRC-funded team at the University of Warwick is investigating how to use methane-producing microbes, known as methanogens, to generate renewable biofuels.
Combusting methane can provide a large amount of energy.
The production of methane from organic matter is a multi-level task that requires the concerted action of a "community" of microbes to be successful. The interdisciplinary team of researchers, funded by a BBSRC Strategic Longer and Larger (SLOLA) grant, are using specialist microbes to build cooperative microbial networks that work as methane producing communities.
In this University of Warwick video Henry Porter, a BBSRC funded PhD student from Professor Orkun Soyer's lab, explains the idea behind the process and what they hope to discover.
Visit http://osslab.lifesci.warwick.ac.uk/adLola.html to find out more about the project.