Pond Scum Can Convert CO2 into Ethanol

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Could pond scum solve the world’s energy and global warming crises?

University of Hawai’i professor Pengchen “Patrick” Fu thinks it can, with a little push from biotechnology.

Fu has developed strains of cyanobacteria — one of the components of pond scum — that feed on atmospheric carbon dioxide, and produce ethanol as a waste product.

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