The present invention is directed to a method of screening microbe strains capable of generating hydrogen. This method involves inoculating one or more microbes in a sample containing cell culture medium to form an inoculated culture medium. The inoculated culture medium is then incubated under hydrogen producing conditions. Once incubating causes the inoculated culture medium to produce hydrogen, microbes in the culture medium are identified as candidate microbe strains capable of generating hydrogen. Methods of producing hydrogen using one or more of the microbial strains identified as well as the hydrogen producing strains themselves are also disclosed.
This invention was made with government support under grant number DE-FG02-05ER64063 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by grant number W911NF-05-1-0176 awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Government has certain rights in the invention.