Publication
Title
Cable bacteria take a new breath using long-distance electricity
Author
Abstract
Recently, a new group of multicellular microorganisms was discovered, called 'cable bacteria', which are capable of generating and mediating electrical currents across centimetre-scale distances. By transporting electrons from cell to cell, cable bacteria can harvest electron donors and electron acceptors that are widely separated in space, thus providing them with a competitive advantage for survival in aquatic sediments. The underlying process of long-distance electron transport challenges some long-held ideas about the energy metabolism of multicellular organisms and entails a whole new type of electrical cooperation between cells. This review summarizes the current knowledge about these intriguing multicellular bacteria.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Trends in microbiology. - Cambridge
Publication
Oxford : Elsevier sci ltd , 2018
ISSN
0966-842X
Volume/pages
26 :5 (2018) , p. 411-422
ISI
000430327400005
Pubmed ID
29174100
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
SEDBIOGEOCHEM 2.0: Hardwiring the ocean floor: the impact of microbial electrical circuitry on biogeochemical cycling in marine sediments
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 04.05.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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