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Published:May 11th, 2009 09:59 EST
Gribbles May Spark Green Revolution

Gribbles May Spark Green Revolution

By Robert Paul Reyes

The price of gas is creeping up again, here in Central Virginia it went up 10 cents in just one day. Americans only think about alternative fuels when the price at the pump shoots up. Maybe now a few folks will take the time to read this article about an interesting new source for biofuel.

"There can`t be many people living on the Isle of Wight who don`t know what a gribble is.

Last year the wonderful Yarmouth Pier had its supports replaced after irrevocable damage was caused by the hungry gribble worms. As far as wood in water goes, the gribble worm is a bit of a disaster as many a fisherman will know from having to scrub them off the bottom of their boats.

Former Island fisherman, Simon McQueen-Mason, now a Professor at the University of York, believes that the potent digestive enzymes that the gribble produces to convert wood into the sugars they live on, may help in the development of sustainable carbon-neutral fuels."

Everybody in the Isle of Wight may not what a gribble is, but most Americans have never heard of the gribble worm. The gribbles are as destructive as termites; the hungry little critters feed on wood.

But we may come to love the little creatures if we can find a way to adapt the gribble digestive enzymes for industrial purposes.

We must think outside the box, I don`t care if the inspiration for biofuels comes from gribbles or tribbles. If we could squeeze biofuel from the loveable tribbles of Star Trek fame, I would crush the cute little things myself.

We need scientists in our own country who are thinking outside the box, and who are looking high and low for new sources of energy.

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