Patagonian Fungus Can Synthesize Fuel
Wired reports that a fungus growing inside trees in the Patagonian rain forest can naturally produce a mix of hydrocarbons that are very similar to diesel fuel. The process to synthesize plant material into complex hydrocarbons has traditionally been difficult to achieve without applying large amounts of heat, pressure or chemicals. This fungus however, can naturally expedite this process. Though not ready for commercial production just yet, this discovery is important in understanding how hydrocarbon is produced.