The team hopes to make anaerobic digestion more efficient and profitable for farmers who convert manure to natural gas.
Supporters say the concept has the potential to accelerate emission reductions in transportation and agriculture.
Critics say a recent report on decarbonizing transportation understates the importance of reducing driving.
A recent report says low-polluting biofuels and reducing vehicle miles traveled will need to play a role.
Beer and bread aren’t the only products that rely on the transformational powers of yeast. The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could also hinge on yeast’s ability to ferment corn stalks, switchgrass, wood chips or other fibrous feed stock.