Super microbe hugely boosts cellulosic ethanol yield


Qteros, a Massachusetts company, have announced a cellulosic ethanol yield “well beyond what the U.S. Department of Energy considers the threshold for commercial production” using a newly discovered microbe.

They have done so without genetically modified the microbe that produces ethanol from non-food plant materials. Thie means the coming GMO versions of this microbes will no doubt produce an even larger yield. The microbe was discovered in a nearby reservoir by a microbiologist Sue Leschine who says “These results confirm what we predicted: Qteros and the Q Microbe can make cellulosic ethanol a commercial reality.

This could be a serious big deal, and they have some Big Dog venture capital money financing them too.