ZeaChem's Lab: From Termite-Gut Bugs to Biofuel

January 29, 2009

Earh2Tech: In an inauspicious building on a strip of offices in Menlo Park, Calif., I recently met with the team behind ZeaChem, a 25-person startup that’s using a common microbe found in termite guts and regular soil to breakdown trees and plants into the next-generation of ethanol. The company is one of a dozen that are moving quickly to build large plants in the U.S. in an attempt to be among the first to produce fuels made from waste plants as opposed to the currently available method using corn.

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