SOLOMON ISLANDER DISCOVERS USEFUL MICROBE IN JAPAN

A USEFUL microbe (bacteria) that can eliminate iron oxides in water has been discovered in Japan by a Solomon Islander.

Mr Samson Viulu a microbiology student at the Gifu University was carrying out his research work for his Phd candidature when he discovered the Geobacter luticola sp.nov bacteria.

Mr Viulu’s find - the bacteria can be used to eradicate iron oxides from any polluted water.

Iron minerals are the fourth most abundant mineral on earth and his research findings will be useful to develop water purification techniques.

His research finding is the first discovery of such bacteria in Japan. Similar microbes to the Geobacter luticola sp.nov. were discovered in Europe, Korea and the USA.

The lad from Zaira village, Maravo in the Western province said initially his research was on microbes that produce methane gas and bacteria that eradicate pollutants from the natural environment, a process known as bio-remediation.

He explained his research was to find microbes that produce gases such as the methane gas which produces global warming gases in excess of twenty times more than the carbon dioxide and microbes that are useful in the process of bio-remediation.

The Solomon Islander discoverer had teamed up with four (4) of his professors from the Gifu University to conduct his research work and they are now researching on their bacteria’s ability to produce electricity for small electrical appliances such as flash lights, music players and others.

At this stage, Viulu’s discovered bacteria can produce electricity but not at a commercial rate thus his discovery will be beneficial to researches on electricity production by microbes in international laboratories.

Mr Viulu’s research work will not be confined to his university corridors as it has been published in the UK based International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

The publication will prove the value and worth of his research work is being shared with his microbiology colleagues in the global community.

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