Microbial fuel cells generating electricity from rhizodeposits of rice plants

de Schamphelaire, Liesje, van den Bossche, Leen, Dang, Hai Son, Hofte, Monica, Boon, Nico, Rabaey, Korneel and Verstraete, Willy (2008) Microbial fuel cells generating electricity from rhizodeposits of rice plants. Environmental Science & Technology, 42 8: 3053-3058. doi:10.1021/es071938w

Author de Schamphelaire, Liesje
van den Bossche, Leen
Dang, Hai Son
Hofte, Monica
Boon, Nico
Rabaey, Korneel
Verstraete, Willy
Title Microbial fuel cells generating electricity from rhizodeposits of rice plants
Journal name Environmental Science & Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-936X
Publication date 2008-04-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/es071938w
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 8
Start page 3053
End page 3058
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, D. C.
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Subject C1
969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
060504 Microbial Ecology
Formatted abstract

Living plants transport substantial amounts of organic material into the soil. This process, called rhizodeposition, provides the substrate for the rhizospheric microbial community. In this study, a laboratory-scale sediment microbial fuel cell, of which the anode is positioned in the rhizosphere of the rice plants, is used to microbially oxidize the plant-derived organics. An electrical current was generated through the in situ oxidation of rhizodeposits from living rice plants. The electrical power output of a sediment microbial fuel cell was found to be a factor 7 higher in the presence of actively growing plants. This process offers the potential of light-driven power generation from living plants in a nondestructive way. Sustainable power productions up to 330 W ha−1 could be attributed to the oxidation of the plant-derived compounds.
Keyword Methane Emission
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Publication Date (Web): March 18, 2008

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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