Metal-Eating Bacteria


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Metal-eating bacteria? This is one of the bacteria that is undiscovered until now. Yet metal-eating bacteria is an interesting bacterium that might bring advantages to humans and the environment. There are a few reasons why a metal-eating bacterium is interesting.

New bacteria
More than a decade, scientists already predicted the presence of the metal-eating bacteria which is also known as manganese-eating bacteria. So far it is not found yet. Imagine one day that we have the metal-eating bacteria.

How were the metal-eating bacteria found?
Two microbiologists left a jar untouched which was covered in manganese carbonate (a pink metal) soaking in the sink. Approximately 10 weeks later, the microbiologist found that content in the jar was replaced by a new substance, dark and rusty. Two new species of bacteria were found based on their studies. The bacteria that they found are Candidatus Manganitrophus nodulliformans and Ramlicbacter lithotrophicus. There are a few benefits of the metal-eating bacteria.

Benefits of this bacteria
Drinking water
One of the benefits is, it will help to control the manganese oxide pollution in water. Organisms will have cleaner to drink. So far, the studies only shown that this bacterium can be found surrounds water.

Better environment
Metal-eating bacteria might help the environment has become a better place. Especially, the lake, beach, or sewage. Metal-eating bacteria could be one of the alternatives to reduce water pollution. It might take a long time and it is not expensive. The aquatic animals and human will experience the metal-eating bacteria. Even though this alternative has not proven effective, but it is worth to do experiments on metal-eating bacteria.

Possibilities of metal-eating bacteria
There a lot of possibilities of the metal-eating bacteria that can do. Since this bacterium is not well known but this bacterium will help the environment and organisms to get clean water. This metal-eating bacterium might help people reduce the population. There also might be a few disadvantages. What if this metal-eating bacterium can be a weapon? Since most of the weapons are made from metal. There are a lot of possibilities of what this metal-eating bacterium can do. People might not know what this bacterium is can do but this metal-eating bacterium will help in many ways.

Why metal-eating bacteria is not discovered?
Metal-eating bacteria is not discovered maybe because of the long-term results and it is less profitable to humans. Mainly, these bacteria exist surrounds by water. So far, the studies about metal-eating are for nature and some people might found it is not helpful enough since we are living on land. During this modern world era, people already found the easiest and more profitable alternatives. People need immediate results to do something. This bacterium is taking too long to take effect. It could be why people are not really interested in metal-eating bacteria. If the experts invest more effort into how to shorten the duration for this bacterium to take effects, then people will use this alternative to reduce water pollution and profitable for humans.

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