Friday, December 12, 2008


hermotoga neapolitana. Another organism which has garnered a fair amount of buzz in bioenergy research circles. This hyperthermophilic organism can produce large amounts of hydrogen under anaerobic conditions (typically at around 80 degrees C). Like other organisms which have had their 15 minutes of fame, T. neapolitana is currently having its genome sequenced. The hope is that carbohydrates (generated/recovered as waste from other processes) can be fed to this organism so it can produce hydrogen for a variety of purposes (maybe hydrogen-fueled cars).

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