Scientists a step closer to renewable propane

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane.

Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This study provides new insight and understanding of the development of next-generation biofuels.

Published in the journal Biotechnology for Biofuels, scientists at the University’s Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), working with colleagues at Imperial College London and University of Turku, have created a synthetic pathway for biosynthesis of the gas propane. Their work brings scientists one step closer to the commercial production of renewable propane, a vital development as fossil fuels continue to dwindle.

Navya Menon, András Pásztor, Binuraj RK Menon, Pauli Kallio, Karl Fisher, M Kalim Akhtar2, David Leys, Patrik R Jones and Nigel S Scrutton. A microbial platform for renewable propane synthesis based on a fermentative butanol pathway. Biotechnology for Biofuels 2015, 8:61. doi:10.1186/s13068-015-0231-1.