Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ketones, used to provide scents to essential oils and flavoring in foods such as cheese, are naturally occurring compounds four in the aromatic evergreen plant known as rue. They have also been found in tomatoes and other plants, as well as in certain insects and microorganisms.Methyl ketones can also be used as a blending agent for cleaner and greener diesel fuel. The E.coli bacterium also creates methyl...

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