Stomach and intestinal bacteria can generate electricity
A group of scientists said that many bacteria that infect the stomach and intestines have a great ability to produce energy and generate electricity.
According to The Independent, scientists at the University of California, confirmed in a recent study that the bacteria Listeria, found in some foods and cause lestriosis, may help produce energy under certain environmental conditions such as hypoxia.
According to scientists, if these bacteria grow in a vial with electrodes, they produce a measurable electric current.
The scientists said they were looking at ways to refine the bacteria and use them to generate electricity at waste treatment plants or to supply small electronic devices with energy.
In addition, scientists have found that clostridium bacteria that cause many symptoms such as food poisoning and gangrene may also be able to generate energy and make electrical sparks.
The team also found these properties in beneficial bacteria, such as lactobacillus bacteria, which are used in many dairy products, notably yoghurt and some types of cheese.
“In fact, there are many microbes that interact with humans, either as pathogens, in probiotics, or as electrophoresis producing electricity,” said Professor Dan Portnoy, a microbial biologist who co-authored the study. Not noticed before ».
Portnoy pointed to intestinal bacteria that they can produce large amounts of electricity, estimated at 500 micrometers.