A newfound fungus, named Gliocladium roseum, could be the better source of biofuel than anything used at the moment, according to researcher Gary Strobel from Montana State University.
The fungus directly transforms cellulose into diesel compounds, although it is more productive when "fed" with sugars. Its genes could be very useful in the development of new biofuels.
This also raises a question in the creation of fossil fuels. "If fungi like this are producing myco-diesel all over the rainforest, they may have contributed to the formation of fossil fuels," said Strobel.