Ponderers of panda poo possibly solve petrol problems
First of all, it makes little sense to transform food substances such as corn into fuels to satisfy the world's ravenous demand for energy. Many cultures depend on corn for their daily sustenance, so in a world where millions die yearly of starvation it is unconscionably callous for the wealthy nations to burn as fuel foodstuffs that are desperately needed by the starving. The answer? Make biofuels from something that can't be eaten in the first place.
Pandas make do on a diet that most of the world's creatures would starve on -- bamboo. The roughest roughage in the world is probably lignocellulose. Lignocellulose is not only present in bamboo, but it is also present in switch grass, cornstalks, and wood chips, all of which are nonfood items that don't help solve the world's hunger crisis. Feed the corn to the starving,; then make biofuel from the leftover cornstalks.
An analysis of panda poo turned up many bacteria living in these cunning-looking beasts that are capable of breaking down the lignocellulose even better than the bacteria found in the guts of termites, which are champion wood chompers. Researchers hope to be able to use these bacteria to produce biofuels in a more environmentally friendly way than is currently being used to produce fuels like ethanol from corn and other edible substances. Current biofuel production requires the use of extreme heat, harsh acids and high pressures - all energy intensive and expensive. It would be great if one of mankind's biggest problems could be solved by something as simple as looking up a panda's ass.