Methods for enrichment of novel electrochemically-active microorganisms

Lucinda Elizabeth Doyle, Enrico Marsili

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Electrochemically-active microorganisms (EAM) are relevant to metal biogeochemistry and have applications in microbial fuel cells (MFCs), bioremediation, and bioelectrocatalysis. Most research conducted to date focuses on EAM hailing from two distinct genera, namely Shewanella and Geobacter, with a relatively limited number of EAM discovered in recent years. This review article summarises current approaches to novel EAM enrichment, in terms of inoculum choice, growth medium, reactor configuration, electrochemical characterisation and community profiling through metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. A novel roadmap for EAM enrichment and subsequent characterisation using environmental samples as a starting material is provided in order to increase throughput and hence the likelihood of discovering novel EAM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrochemically-active bacteria
  • Enrichment
  • Microbial fuel cells
  • Sediments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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