Can Plants Grow Oil?

According to scientists at the University of Toronto in Canada, plants produce not only electricity and hydrogen but they can produce oil.

Plants are doing just that in special tanks at the university. Oil is produced by plants in two steps. In the first step, plants’ bacteria use photosynthesis to make food.

A second set of plant organisms eat this food and fill up with a thick oily substance that has all the fuel burning qualities of heavy Alberta crude oil.

Professors at the university are certain that their new method of getting plants to produce oil will be cheaper and quicker than getting oil from shale or tar sands.

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