Fuel-eating bacteria have been found dwelling inside a car's gas cap, which might aid in the cleanup of oil spills.
This novel bacterial species was discovered within a group of bacteria strains that devour or decompose diesel fuel.
One of the experts believes it should be dubbed "Isoptericola toyotensis" since it was discovered behind the gas cap of a Toyota Yaris.
Manuel Porcar is one of the authors of the study that outlines the finding, and you should check out this Car and Driver interview with him to learn more.
Porcar and his colleagues work with Darwin Biosprospecting Excellence, a Valencia-based microbiology research business.
It wasn't by chance that the researchers came upon the fuel-eating bacteria in a parking lot.