Rhodopseudomonas palustris, the savior?
New research from Washington University in St. Louis explains the cellular processes that allow a sun-loving microbe to "eat" electricity -- transferring electrons to fix carbon dioxide to fuel its growth.
The new research answers basic science questions and provides plenty of opportunity for future bioenergy applications. The lab is working on using these microbes to make bioplastics and biofuels. The researchers hope that this ability to combine electricity and light to reduce carbon dioxide might be used to help find sustainable solutions to the energy crisis.
sciencedaily.com May 2019