Technology

Bionic mushroom produces electricity

In a course of 2.5 billion years, cyanobacteria (what we once called cyanobacteria) evolved in such a way that they can absorb sunlight and produce energy.

It is a class of prokaryotic photosynthetic organisms, which scientists have taken to reap the fruits of photosynthesis. They artificially made a symbiotic relationship between microbes and a host mushroom artificially to harvest the generated electricity!

“The environmentally friendly and green source” follows the pattern of nature, as in their natural environment, cyanobacteria make colonies to perform larger works such as bioluminescence. So do the mushrooms, live in groups and communicate with each other, even exchanging resources. So why not combine them?

Researchers built bionic mushrooms by printing in cyanobacteria (bio-ink) cyanobacteria directly on mushroom hats in a 3D printer. The mushroom provides shelter, moisture and nutrients to cyanobacteria, which feed the mushrooms with abundant energy thanks to unimpeded photosynthesis.

For “constructed cohabitation” scientists are talking about a new way of having the two species, ie for the benefit of man. Because the researchers eventually collect energy through an innovative process with thin layers of superconducting material (“electronic ink” they say) interacting with the bacteria.

Some 65 nanoseconds of current generate photosynthesis in chlorophyll cells, electricity that can not power a device, but a group of such mushrooms can keep a LED light on!