Researchers from the CEA, the CNRS and the Institut de Biosciences et Biotechnologies at Aix-Marseille University have genetically modified the E.Coli bacterium so that it continuously produces volatile hydrocarbons through a photochemical reaction. These hydrocarbons are similar to those found in gasoline and kerosene and can easily be captured in their pure form in the gas phase of the bacterial cultures. The process therefore does away with the costs associated with harvesting, product extraction and refining of microorganism cultures. The results are detailed in Scientific Reports.
Read the research paper: Solène Moulin, Bertrand Légeret, Stéphanie Blangy, Damien Sorigué, Adrien Burlacot, Pascaline Auroy, Yonghua Li-Beisson, Gilles Peltier, Fred Beisson (2019). Continuous photoproduction of hydrocarbon drop-in fuel by microbial cell factories. Scientific Reports 10.1038/s41598-019-50261-6