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Endophytics, LLC Announces an Advanced Biofuel and Green Chemicals Technology Platform Utilizing Fungi

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(Virtual-Strategy.com)   Changing the way the world looks at the source of hydrocarbons for biofuels and sustainable green chemicals, Endophytics LLC announces a new technology platform in Bozeman, Montana that is receiving attention from many throughout the industry.

Endophytics, LLC recently announced their fungal biotechnology platform at the Harvesting Clean Energy Conference in Helena, MT. The technology is capable of producing a myriad of advanced biofuels and sustainable green chemicals from agricultural wastes using microscopic filamentous fungi. The fungi are capable of producing a range of high value molecules, which can be used to make everything from drop-in biofuels to green chemicals. The products are terpenoids, benzene derivatives, alcohols, esters, straight-chain and branched hydrocarbons, aldehydes, acids, ketones, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. A myriad of fungi that perform these useful and important biological processes are in the collection of Endophytics, LLC.

The fuel molecules produced by these organisms can be blended with gasoline, diesel, and Jet A. These molecules are distinguished from current renewable fuels by their chemical composition, as they are aromatics rather than alcohols, making them most desirable as drop-in fuels for today’s automobiles, trucks, trains, and airplanes since they are structurally related to the components of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

However, in the case of fungi, the products are obtained by a uniquely designed fermentation scheme that directly produces hydrocarbons from agricultural products and wastes including leaves, sugar beet pulp, corn stover, and sugar cane. The complete genetic sequencing of these endophytes by the Sandia National Labs/DoE has demonstrated that the organisms have hundreds of genes responsible for producing enzymes that degrade the complex carbohydrates found in agricultural wastes.

Blends of up to 70% cineole in gasoline and 40% cineole in diesel fuel have been tested with positive results.    READ MORE and MORE (PRWeb)

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