A novel growth and isolation medium for exoelectrogenic bacteria (8 tweets)

A microbiological isolation and growth medium that can effectively discriminate electrochemically active exoelectrogenic bacteria from other non-exoelectrogenic bacteria, is currently unavailable. In this study, we developed a novel chromogenic growth and isolation solid medium based on MnO2 that can selectively allow the growth of exoelectrogenic bacteria and change the medium colour in the process. Known exoelectrogenic bacteria such as Shewanella oneidensis MR1 and other such bacteria from functional microbial fuel cell (MFC) anodes were capable of growing and changing colour in the novel growth medium. On the contrary, non-exoelectrogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 were incapable of growing and inducing a colour change in the novel medium. Further biochemical characterisation of these isolated exoelectrogenic bacteria by Raman micro-spectroscopy demonstrated that these bacteria over express cytochrome proteins that are vital in extracellular electron transfer events. This medium is a convenient method to isolate exoelectrogenic bacteria from complex environmental samples.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.17.469056