An ERC research project

This is the official website of the ERC project ”Hardwiring the ocean floor: the impact of microbial electrical circuitry on biogeochemical cycling in marine sediments” coordinated by Prof. dr. ir. Filip Meysman and hosted by the Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ).

An intriguing discovery

Microbial cells can exhibit sophisticated cooperative behaviour. But none of the recent advancements in geomicrobiology has been so perplexing as the proposal that microbial populations are capable of fast, electrical communication over centimetre-scale distances.

Research questions

When and where does microbial long-distance electron transport occur? Which redox pathways and microbial players are involved? What is the effective mechanism of electron transfer? What are its biogeochemical implications for natural ecosystems?