Bacteria that eats metal accidentally discovered by scientists

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(CNN) – Scientists in California have discovered a new type of bacteria that eats metal.

Microbiologists from the California Institute of Technology were doing unrelated experiments when they made the discovery.

The scientists left a glass jar covered with manganese—a commonly found chemical element—to sink in tap water.

Scientists discovered that after a few months, the jar was coated with dark material. It was found to be oxidized manganese, which had been generated by newly-discovered bacteria likely found in the tap water.

Scientists believe this is the first bacteria to use manganese as an energy source.

The research was published in the Journal Nature.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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