Geobacter and Shewanella oneidensis: biofuell, nanowires and nanocommunities


In 2015, we learned that electron-eating and electron-excreting microbes can actually team up and pass electrons between each other, wiring themselves into a common electrical grid.




Dr. Lovley’s research is focused on the physiology and ecology of novel anaerobic microorganisms.  He mostly focused to reserach Geobacter – an anaerobic baceria which exists 3.5 billion years ago and produces electricity. Beside Shewanella Oneidensis it is the most common mudd bacteria which breaths methan and by making a community with its nanowires, hands ions to its neighbour. In 1987 Derek Lovley and his lab at the University of Massachusetts stumbled across the first of these bacteria on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington DC.

Yuri Gorby is an associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineer who focused to research Scewanella Oneidnsis.


  • “Earth appears to be hard-wired” says Gorby, “although we have yet to conclusively identify the electrically conductive components of Shewanella nanowires.„



Recently I was able to finally turn up a simple led light and hear the sound of a Bio-electrcity.


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New ideas are to explore Geobacter and Schewenella as a community group which needs to connect and work as a commune to produce electrcity.


It excites me when thinking about this nano beins connecting together into one group, producing electrcity, for which human needed centuries to understand it. Evenmore, this pre-historic nano bacetrias do cooporate and communicate. If I will be able to see it under a microscope, than a new project can get its red threaed.