Scientists Create Bacteria That Consumes Carbon-Dioxide


There are generally two types of organisms on the planet: autotrophs and heterotrophs. Plants are autotrophs, they create their own food source from inorganic materials such as sunlight or carbon dioxide. Heterotrophs, such as animals and bacteria, have to consume other organic materials to survive.

For decades scientists have been trying to create heterotrophs that consume inorganic materials in the lab with hopes of producing strains of bacteria that ‘eat up’ carbon dioxide and help curb climate change-contributing carbon emissions. Finally there’s been some success.

Carbon Dioxide-Eating Bacteria

After 200 days of tests and modifications researches created a strain of E. coli that consumes carbon dioxide instead of organic compounds!

Can this actually help curb the climbing carbon emissions on Earth?

Not yet. The problem they’re facing now, is that the process produces more carbon dioxide than the bacteria consumes. There is still a lot of work needed for this to reach an industrial use. That said, this result is a HUGE major step for sustainable production sources and is providing the framework for future innovations on carbon-neutral energy sources, such as creating carbon dioxide biofuels or removing carbon dioxide from the air.

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