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Aquatic Weed May Feed Biofuel Boom
A Thai researcher has succeeded in producing ethanol from water hyacinth and is aiming to develop the technology needed to commercialise the fuel.

The discovery is one day expected to cut the production costs of biofuel and help reduce huge imports of crude oil, of which Thailand is a net importer.

The plant grows so prolifically, in fact, that millions of tonnes are dredged up every year to keep them from disrupting water systems.

Water hyacinth, which is native to the Amazon basin, is often considered a highly problematic invasive species outside of its native range.


 
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