According to research by a University of Illinois metabolic engineer,  seaweed may soon be a viable future bio-fuel due in part to a new strain of yeast to help the fermenting process. The strain can make short work of fermenting galactose, a necessary step to produce the fuel. “When Americans think about biofuel crops, they think of corn, miscanthus, and switchgrass. ln small island or peninsular nations, though, the natural, obvious choice is marine biomass,” said Yong-Su Jin, a U of I assistant professor of microbial genomics and a faculty member in its Institute for Genomic Biology. Read More