Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Novel Outlook in Microbial Ecology: Nonmutualistic Interspecies Electron Transfer

Abstract : Recent advances in microbial electrochemical technologies have revealed the existence of numerous and highly diverse microorganisms able to exchange electrons with electrodes. This diversity could reflect the capacity of microorganisms to release and/or retrieve electrons with each other in natural environments. So far, this interspecies electron transfer has been studied with a special focus on syntrophy and was successfully demonstrated for several couples of species. In this article we argue that electron exchange between microbes exists beyond syntrophy or mutualism and could also promote competitive and even parasitic behaviour. Based on three interesting case studies identified from the literature, we also highlight that such nonmutualistic interactions could be widespread and of particular significance for the survival of pathogens or the shaping of complex microbial communities.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata

https://hal.inrae.fr/hal-02534986
Contributor : Dominique Fournier <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 1:00:16 PM
Last modification on : Friday, November 20, 2020 - 1:52:02 PM

Identifiers

Citation

Roman Moscoviz, Elie Desmond-Le Quéméner, Eric Trably, Nicolas Bernet, Jérôme Hamelin. Novel Outlook in Microbial Ecology: Nonmutualistic Interspecies Electron Transfer. Trends in Microbiology, Elsevier, 2020, 28 (4), pp.245-253. ⟨10.1016/j.tim.2020.01.008⟩. ⟨hal-02534986⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

59