A novel bacterial strain uses recycled newspaper to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline.

Don’t rule out the newspaper industry just yet. Producing fuel out of newspaper with the help of bacteria found in animal droppings may seem a bit far-fetched, but that’s exactly what scientists at Tulane University have done. The team discovered a novel bacterial strain (dubbed ‘TU-103’) that converts The New Orleans Times-Picayune paper aka cellulose directly into butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline. What makes this new bacterial strain unique is its ability to survive in the presence of oxygen.

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