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Slime Mould Controller for Microbial Fuel Cells

Taylor, Benjamin; Adamatzky, Andrew; Greenman, John; Ieropoulos, Ioannis


Benjamin Taylor


Microbial fuels cells (MFCs) are bio-electrochemical transducers that generate energy from the metabolism of electro-active microorganisms. The organism Physarum polycephalum is a species of slime mould, which has demonstrated many novel and interesting properties in the field of unconventional computation, such as route mapping between nutrient sources, maze solving and nutrient balancing. It is a motile, photosensitive and oxygen-consuming organism, and is known to be symbiotic with some, and antagonistic with other, microbial species. In the context of artificial life, the slime mould would provide a biological mechanism (along with the microbial community) for controlling the performance and behaviour of artificial systems. In the following experiments it was found that Physarum did not generate significant amounts of power when inoculated in the anode. However, when Physarum was introduced in the cathode of MFCs, a statistically significant difference in power output was observed.


Taylor, B., Adamatzky, A., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2016). Slime Mould Controller for Microbial Fuel Cells.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Journal Emergence, Complexity and Computation: Advances in Physarum Machines
Print ISSN 2194-7287
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Pages 285-298
Book Title Advances in Physarum Machines
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