Self-Constructed Electrically Conductive Bacterial Networks


  • This work was financially supported by Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). We would like to acknowledge Dr. K. Watanabe (UT) for discussions about the physiological properties of strain PV-4.


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Protein power grids: A metal-reducing bacterium, Shewanella loihica PV-4, has the ability to self-organize an electrically conductive network using outer-membrane proteins and semiconductive minerals as a long-distance electron transfer conduit.