Biodiesel exhaust not as damaging as diesel

Researchers at Deakin University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences have found that diesel exhaust is far more damaging to our health than exhaust from biodiesel.

Associate Professor Leigh Ackland led a team of researchers who compared the effects of diesel exhaust and biodiesel exhaust on human airway cells. They found that diesel exhaust damaged and killed the cells, while biodiesel exhaust had little effect.

As it is not possible to study in real time what happens in the real human airway, the researchers conducted their research on human airway cells grown in a culture. The cells were exposed to the particulate matter emitted in diesel and biodiesel exhaust fumes. Associate Professor Ackland said that the results of the study provide support for calls to move towards replacing petrol and diesel with cleaner biofuels.

Source: Immunology & Cell Biology via ScienceAlert

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