08 Sep '11, 11am

MSU Researchers Discover How Bacteria Can Clean Up Nuclear Waste & Generate Electricity

MSU Researchers Discover How Bacteria Can Clean Up Nuclear Waste & Generate Electricity

Photo Credit: Michigan State University A team of researchers at Michigan State University has solved the mystery of how Geobacter bacteria found in soils manage to clean up nuclear waste and generate electricity at the same time. Going a step further, the team genetically engineered a Geobacter strain that does an even better job of it. MSU microbiologist Gemma Reguera has filed patents to build on her research, “which could lead to the development of microbial fuel cells capable of generating electricity while cleaning up environmental disasters,” according to an MSU news release . “Geobacter bacteria are tiny micro-organisms that can play a major role in cleaning up polluted sites around the world,” said Reguera, an MSU AgBioResearch scientist. “Uranium contamination can be produced at any step in the production of nuclear fuel, and this process safely prevents its mobi...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/08/msu-researchers-disco...

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