(DAILY MAIL) — An oil substitute made with ‘artificial leaf’ technology could power ships and planes, according to a leading British expert.

Scientists have applied a new twist to the process of photosynthesis – the method plants use to harness the energy of sunlight.

Instead of producing organic material from carbon dioxide, as plants do, they plan to manufacture a hydrocarbon ‘fuel’ which could be used instead of oil, using photosynthesising bacteria.

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