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Electroautotrophy of Thioalkalivibrio nitratireducens


The electrochemical behavior and electro-autotrophy of a halo-alkaliphilic chemo-autotrophic Ectothiorhodospiraceae isolated from a soda lake, Thioalkalivibrio nitratireducens, were investigated using electrochemical methods and confocal fluorescence microscopy. The electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction was observed at −0.25 V/Ag/AgCl (−0.055 V/ SHE) with bioelectrodes polarized at −0.3 V/Ag/AgCl (−0.105 V/SHE), displaying a maximum catalytic current density of −620 mA m−2 (voltammetry). No catalytic signal toward nitrate reduction was observed under anaerobia. The microscopic observation of the polarized electrodes compared to non-polarized ones, however, revealed a bacterial proliferation both under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, demonstrating the ability of Tv. nitratireducens to grow with the polarized electrode as sole electron source.
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cea-01951016 , version 1 (11-12-2018)



Mickaël Rimboud, Wafa Achouak. Electroautotrophy of Thioalkalivibrio nitratireducens. Bioelectrochemistry, 2019, 126, pp.48-55. ⟨10.1016/j.bioelechem.2018.11.001⟩. ⟨cea-01951016⟩
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