2013-09-10. Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels.

posted Sep 11, 2013, 9:37 AM by Alan Gould
For GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: ...bacteria in panda feces could help make biofuel production more efficient. ...more than 40 different microbes living in the guts of giant pandas at the Memphis Zoo ... could help decompose the corn cobs and other tough plant materials so it can be more easily and efficiently processed to make ethanol. ...Pandas, which have a short digestive tract, feast on a diet of tough bamboo. Bacteria with extremely potent enzymes break down the woody bamboo efficiently and quickly. ...“The time from eating to defecation is comparatively short in the panda, so their microbes have to be very efficient to get nutritional value out of the bamboo,” said study lead researcher Ashli Brown, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Mississippi State University. “And efficiency is key when it comes to biofuel production — that’s why we focused on the microbes in the giant panda.”.... http://www.climatecentral.org/news/panda-poo-may-be-coup-for-future-of-biofuels-16456. Bobby Magill, Climate Central.