Electron-Eating Microbes Found In Odd Places

biology, electricity, lithoautotrophs, rock-eaters, bacteria

The electricity-eating microbes that the researchers were hunting for belong to a larger class of organisms that scientists are only beginning to understand. They inhabit largely uncharted worlds: the bubbling cauldrons of deep sea vents; mineral-rich veins deep beneath the planet’s surface; ocean sediments just a few inches below the deep seafloor. The microbes represent a segment of life that has been largely ignored, in part because their strange habitats make them incredibly difficult to grow in the lab.

via https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160621-electron-eating-microbes-found-in-odd-places/