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Oil doesn’t just run our cars, trucks, and buses. Many of our household products, from plastics to medications, are made in part from petroleum products. But as oil is a nonrenewable resource, with scarcity projected in the future, some are looking for alternative methods for synthesis.
A new study from the journal Energy and Environmental Science shows that wood waste could be the answer to some of our oil needs. Researchers in Switzerland and Sweden studied reactions that combined plant products and bacteria to create succinic acid. This acid is currently derived from oil to create a whole slew of products we use daily – it's an ingredient in our vitamins, perfume, food, and more.