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Scientists at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, 3D printed what they’re calling a “bionic mushroom” capable of generating electricity.
Revealed in a study published in Nano Letters journal, the team has showed how the abilities of varying biological species can be combined for innovative applications.
Sudeep - Joshi - Co-author - Paper - Postdoctoral
Sudeep Joshi, co-author of the paper and Postdoctoral Fellow at Stevens, said, “We showed for the first time that a hybrid system can incorporate an artificial collaboration, or engineered symbiosis, between two different microbiological kingdoms.”
Cyanobacteria are one of the largest groups of bacteria in the world. These microorganisms produce energy through photosynthesis, and ability which scientist have found can be transferred to other biological species in the plant kingdom.
Studies - Survivability - Cyanobacteria - Surfaces - Results
Previous studies conducted on the survivability of cyanobacteria on artificial surfaces have shown poor results. Therefore, for this study, the researchers chose to use white button mushrooms as a substrate.
Though mushrooms lack the photosynthesis ability, its structure can sustain cyanobacterial colonies within its cap, or “pileus.” As Manu Mannoor, co-author of the paper, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens, explains “By integrating cyanobacteria that can produce electricity, with nanoscale materials capable of collecting the current, we were able to better access the unique properties of both, augment them, and create an entirely new functional bionic system.”
Printer - Button - Mushrooms - Cyanobacteria - Mushroom
Using a 3D printer white button mushrooms were colonized with cyanobacteria, producing a bionic mushroom capable of photosynthetic bioelectric generation.
The inks used to make this mushroom photosyntheic are...
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