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Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biomethane Production

Video: Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biomethane Production - 17 July 2014. Copyright: The University of Warwick
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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.

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