An Insight of Synergy between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella variicola in a Microbial Fuel Cell

Islam, M. A. and Ethiraj, Baranitharan and Cheng, C. K. and Yousuf, Abu and Khan, Maksudur R. (2018) An Insight of Synergy between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella variicola in a Microbial Fuel Cell. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6 (3). pp. 4130-4137. ISSN 2168-0485. (Published)

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The interspecies interactions in microbial communities are very complex, rendering identification of synergistic or antagonistic relationships very difficult; however, understanding the mutualistic relationship between the microbes is exigent to gain deeper insight into their performance in wastewater fed microbial fuel cells (MFCs). In the present study, we aimed to explore the ecological networks between the microorganisms in a defined coculture system comprising with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Klebsiella variicola (K. variicola). The coculture showed around 3 times higher current density in MFCs compared with either of these two bacteria alone. Metabolite analysis demonstrated that the fermentative metabolite (1,3-propanediol) produced by K. variicola stimulated the P. aeruginosa to produce a higher amount of pyocyanin through synergistic interactions, leading to the enhancement in the performance of coculture MFCs fed with palm oil mill effluent (POME). This study proves that the metabolite based “interspecies ecological communicatio” can enhance the electrochemical activity in MFCs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coculture; Electron shuttling mediators; Metabolites; Microbial fuel cell; Synergistic relationship
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. MD Maksudur Rahman Khan
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 08:23
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 08:23
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