Slime Mould Controller for Microbial Fuel Cells

Taylor, B., Adamatzky, A., Greenman, J. and Ieropoulos, I. (2016) Slime Mould Controller for Microbial Fuel Cells. Emergence, Complexity and Computation: Advances in Physarum Machines, 21. pp. 285-298. ISSN 2194-7287 Available from:

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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.

Item Type:Article
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:28947
Deposited By: B. Jones
Deposited On:26 May 2016 15:25
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