Microbial nanowires : an electrifying tale

Sure, Sandeep Karbhari, Ackland, Margaret, Torriero, Angel, Adholeya, Alok and Kochar, Mandira 2016, Microbial nanowires : an electrifying tale, Microbiology, vol. 162, no. 12, pp. 2017-2028, doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000382.

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Title Microbial nanowires : an electrifying tale
Author(s) Sure, Sandeep KarbhariORCID iD for Sure, Sandeep Karbhari orcid.org/0000-0002-7474-6556
Ackland, MargaretORCID iD for Ackland, Margaret orcid.org/0000-0001-8616-365X
Torriero, Angel
Adholeya, Alok
Kochar, Mandira
Journal name Microbiology
Volume number 162
Issue number 12
Start page 2017
End page 2028
Total pages 12
Publisher Microbiology Society
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 0026-2617
Summary Electromicrobiology has gained momentum in the last ten years with advances in microbial fuel cells and the discovery of microbial nanowires (MNWs). The list of MNWs producing microorganisms is growing and providing intriguing insights into the presence of such microorganisms in diverse environments and the potential roles MNWs can perform. This review discusses the MNWs produced by different microorganisms, including their structure, composition and role in electron transfer through MNWs. Two hypotheses, metallic-like conductivity and an electron hopping model, have been proposed for electron transfer and we present a current understanding of both these hypotheses. MNWs are not only poised to change the way we see microorganisms but may also impact the fields of bioenergy, biogeochemistry and bioremediation, hence their potential applications in these fields are highlighted here.
Language eng
DOI 10.1099/mic.0.000382
Field of Research 060101 Analytical Biochemistry
030102 Electroanalytical Chemistry
0605 Microbiology
1108 Medical Microbiology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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