Biofuels versus Fossil Fuels (Biotechnology and Society 2016)

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There are more bacterial cells in your body than human ones. (Image from this site)

Required Reading/Viewing

  1. [1] Slick Solution: How Microbes Will Clean Up the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

1. Algal Biofuels

Extra Links for the Policy Czar

  1. [2] DOE Algal Biofuels
  2. [3] Solazyme
  3. [4] Can we save the algae biofuel industry?
  4. [5] All about
  5. [6] UTEX

2. Cellulosic Ethanol

Extra Links for the Policy Czar

  1. [7] DOE Cellulosic Ethanol – also click around the other ethanol links
  2. [8] For Cellulosic Ethanol Makers, The Road Ahead Is Still Uphill
  3. [9] UT Switchgrass Research

3. Deep Water Horizon Bioremediation

Extra Links for the Policy Czar

  1. [10] How Microbes Helped Clean BP's Oil Spill – watch the video and read the captions in the video.
  2. [11] MicrobeWiki – Microbial Response to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

4. Frackibacter

Extra Links for the Policy Czar

  1. [12] New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells.
  2. [13] Microbial metabolisms in a 2.5-km-deep ecosystem created by hydraulic fracturing in shales