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List of microbial species that can eat unusual stuff

List of microbial species that can eat unusual stuff

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By Darko Savic on Oct 13, 2020

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Rhodobacter sphaeroides can eat formaldehyde

[1] https://news.wisc.edu/microbe-eats-formaldehyde/

by Darko Savic on Oct 13, 2020

Geobacter metallireducens can eat metals (Uranium too)

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geobacter_metallireducens

by Darko Savic on Oct 13, 2020

Pseudomonas putida can eat styrofoam

[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/02/060224104603.htm

by Darko Savic on Oct 13, 2020

How about fungal bioremediation?

[1] https://www.intechopen.com/books/management-of-hazardous-wastes/white-rot-fungi-and-their-enzymes-as-a-biotechnological-tool-for-xenobiotic-bioremediation

by Subash Chapagain on Oct 13, 2020

Cupriavidus metallidurans "poops" gold

[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180131095453.htm

by Juran K. on Oct 14, 2020

Darko Savic 14 days ago
Time to get me some Cupriavidus - for research purposes of course:)

Pseudomonas aeruginosa can digest alkane oils from sea-water in presence of rhamnolipids

[1] https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2019.00572/full

by Subash Chapagain on Oct 13, 2020

Nylon-eating Flavobacterium sp. K172

[1] Takehara, Ikki, et al. "Metabolic pathway of 6-aminohexanoate in the nylon oligomer-degrading bacterium Arthrobacter sp. KI72: identification of the enzymes responsible for the conversion of 6-aminohexanoate to adipate." Applied microbiology and biotechnology 102.2 (2018): 801-814.

by Jamila Ahmed on Oct 13, 2020

Methylococcus capsulatus digests methane

[1] Jiang, Hao, et al. "Methanotrophs: multifunctional bacteria with promising applications in environmental bioengineering." Biochemical Engineering Journal 49.3 (2010): 277-288.

by Jamila Ahmed on Oct 13, 2020

Hello Predatory Bacteria, Bye Bye E.coli!

[1] https://owlcation.com/stem/Unusual-Bacteria-Strange-Facts-About-Fascinating-Microbes

by Clay Sky on Oct 14, 2020

Darko Savic 14 days ago
At that speed there's no getting away from it:) It's even present within the human gut (Iebba et al., 2013) and being studied as a potential therapeutic candidate.

Ideonella sakaiensis digests plastic

[1] Shosuke Yoshida, Kazumi Hiraga, Toshihiko Takehana, Ikuo Taniguchi, Hironao Yamaji, Yasuhito Maeda, Kiyotsuna Toyohara, Kenji Miyamoto, Yoshiharu Kimura, Kohei Oda. A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate). Science. 2016 Mar 11;351(6278):1196-9. doi: 10.1126/science.aad6359.

by Shubhankar Kulkarni on Oct 14, 2020

Rhodopseudomonas palustris TIE-1 uses electricity to survive

[1] Gupta D, Sutherland MC, Rengasamy K, Meacham JM, Kranz RG, Bose A. Photoferrotrophs Produce a PioAB Electron Conduit for Extracellular Electron Uptake. Komeili A, editor. MBio [Internet]. 2019 Nov 5;10(6). Available from: https://mbio.asm.org/content/10/6/e02668-19

[2] https://www.popsci.com/have-we-found-alien-life/#page-4

[3] https://earthsky.org/earth/scientists-study-bacteria-that-eat-and-breathe-electricity

[4] Mohamed A, Ha PT, Peyton BM, Mueller R, Meagher M, Beyenal H. In situ enrichment of microbial communities on polarized electrodes deployed in alkaline hot springs. J Power Sources [Internet]. 2019 Feb;414:547–56. Available from: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0378775319300291

by Shubhankar Kulkarni on Oct 14, 2020

A number of bacterial strains that can digest xenobiotics!

by Subash Chapagain on Oct 13, 2020

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