Researchers Discover Surprising Versatility in Bacteria that Derive Energy from Metals

Caleb Levar, principal author of the study
Thursday, January 15, 2015

new discovery by researchers at the University of Minnesota's BioTechology Institute shows how a friendly microbe known as Geobacter is able to thrive in a wide range of environments and emerging biotech applications.The research results were published this month in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, and suggest new ways of using bacteria to remotely detect specific metals, monitor underground chemical cleanup, and power devices using electricity-producing microbes.