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Problem Addressed

As our planet's fossil fuel supply is quickly diminishing, microbially derived biodiesels could play an important role as a renewable energy source. While microbes have already been shown to produce TAGs from the fermentation of refined carbon sources such as gluconate or olive oil, the processes to refine these carbon sources are often labor-intensive and expensive. An invention that includes both a biodiesel-producing microbe and a simple method for a refinement of xylose sugar from renewable crop sources would make microbially derived biodiesels much more economically feasible.