Even though it sounds strange, termites may power our lives. Yes, those wood eating insects can actually produce energy and considering how many are there in a single colony, one can easily conclude that they may hold the key to a better, more sustainable societies.
Here’s how this works.
Termites are currently being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper. The secret lies on their… guts. Scientists have identified large amounts of wood-digesting enzymes that is exuded by bacteria living inside the termites. That very process termites use to turn wood into food can actually be harnessed in factories to transform wood into fuel for transport as an alternative to crops such as corn. This unique ability makes termites into one of the planet’s most efficient bioreactors.
So what do you think? Are termites the answer for world’s energy crisis?