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Press Release 08-195

Obscure Fungus Produces Diesel Fuel Components

Tiny organism illuminates new path toward biofuel production

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Photo of cultures of the fungus Gliocladium roseum that produce hydrocarbons.

Researcher Gary Strobel discovered that cultures of the fungus Gliocladium roseum produce hydrocarbons. Growing it under different conditions produces different amounts and types of diesel fuel components.

Credit: Gary Strobel, Montana State University


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Photo of tree leaves that host harmless fungi known as endophytes.

Fungi known as endophytes live harmlessly in plant hosts. The endophyte known as Gliocladium roseum is found in the ulmo tree, whose previous claim to fame was the tasty honey made from its nectar.

Credit: Gary Strobel, Montana State University


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