An energy lesson from panda poop

Scientists say microbes in panda feces may help convert grasses into fuel

By Stephen Ornes, 16:17 PM September 14, 2011

Giant Panda

When most people think of giant pandas, they picture cute, black-and-white bears from China that eat bamboo. Scientists from Mississippi State University, however, are interested in what the bears leave behind: their poop.

Ashli Brown, a biochemist at the university, says panda poop may point to a new way to turn grasses into fuel. (Bamboo is the largest type of grass, and it makes up most of a panda’s diet.) Plants like grass absorb energy from the sun, and scientists like Brown are look...

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