Heavily Wired: How Microorganisms organise their power supply via nano-wires

Electrical energy from the socket – this convenient type of power supply is apparently used by some microorganisms that form nanowire connections to transfer energy. Researchers have now discovered such small power grids between dual-species microbial consortia that jointly degrade methane. Using genetic methods and electron microscopy the scientists demonstrated how the wire-like connections between the cells are relevant in energy exchange. Now the researchers report their findings in the journal Nature. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)