Seminar by Professor Kazuya Watanabe - "Microbial electric communications"


Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 16:30 to 17:30


Seminar Room C209, Center Building



Biological Systems Unit would like to invite you to an upcoming seminar by Professor Watanabe.

Date: Thursday, March 7th 2013
Time: 4:00 - 5:00p.m.
Venue: Seminar Room C209, Center Building

Speaker: Kazuya Watanabe, Ph.D.
Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science

Title: Microbial electric communications

Electrons transfer through conductive materials according to potential gradients, and organisms, including microbes, 
plants, and animals, use them for energy conservation in intracellular respiratory electron-transfer chains. 
Recent findings indicate that some bacteria also transfer electrons across the cell walls toward extracellular electron 
acceptors, which is the fundamental for “microbial fuel cells” expected as future green-bioenergy devices. The idea 
of “extracellular electron transfer” however has much broader implications in science and engineering, such as those 
for microbial communication, bio-engineering (e.g., fermentation, brewing, and biogas production), and bio-computer.
In this seminar, I will introduce our research activities on “microbial fuel cells”, “microbial interspecies communication”, 
and “electric syntrophy”, and wish to discuss with scientists from different disciplines on the possibilities for “microbial 
electric communications”.

We look forward to seeing many of you.


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