45M Year-Old Yeast = New Beer And BioFuel Funds
The microbiologist best known for the successful extraction of living bacterium from a 25-45 million year old amber-covered honey bee (remenicient of the film, Jurrasic Park), has successfully brewed a beer from yeast discovered within an ancient Lebanese weevil encased in amber. Raul Cano, the director of Cal Poly’s Environmental Biotechnology Institute, is planning on using the profits and brewing byproducts from his 45 million year old yeast-brewed beer to research better biofuels.
Ready for the Catch-22? The rise in biofuel production is actually causing beer prices to spring up as farmland crops are transitioning from hops and barley (among others) production to high-profiteering bio-fuel-ingredients, rapeseed and corn.