BACTERIA THAT EATS METAL, PROCESSES CARBON ACCIDENTALLY DISCOVERED ON DIRTY LAB EQUIPMENT
Scientists have discovered bacteria that eat metal and uses the material as its energy source. Researchers from the California Institute of Technology accidentally discovered the bacterial after performing experiments using a chalk-like type of manganese. The results of the report were published in the journal Nature.
“A wonderful aspect of microbes in nature is that they can metabolize seemingly unlikely materials, like metals, yielding energy useful to the cell,” he said, as per a statement from Caltech.
In a CNN report on the finding, Leadbetter revealed that he had left a glass jar covered with the substance to soak in tap water for several months when he went to work off-campus. On his return, he found the jar coated with a strange, dark material.
The dark substance that Leadbeater found on the glass was manganese oxide, a product that is formed when manganese ions lose electrons and undergo oxidation, according to Science Alert.
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