Fungal-mediated electrochemical system: Prospects, applications and challenges

Hemen Sarma, P. N. Bhattacharyya, Dipak A. Jadhav, Prajakta Pawar, Mayur Thakare, Soumya Pandit, Abhilasha Singh Mathuriya, Ram Prasad

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Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that generate bioelectricity from biodegradable waste have received considerable attention from biologists. Fungi play a significant role as both anodic and cathodic catalysts in MFCs. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a fungus with an ability to transfer electrons through mediators such as methylene blue (MB), neutral red (NR) or even without a mediator. This unique role of fungal cells in exocellular electron transfer (EET) and their interactions with electrodes hold a lot of promise in areas such as wastewater treatment where yeast cell-based MFCs can be used. The present article highlights the physico-chemical factors affecting the performance of fungal-mediated MFCs in terms of power output and degradation of organic pollutants, along with the challenges associated with fungal MFCs. In addition, to this comparative assessment of fungal-mediated bio-electrochemical systems, their development, possible applications and potential challenges are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100041
JournalCurrent Research in Microbial Sciences
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioelectricity
  • Biofuel
  • Electron mediator
  • Fungal cells
  • Microbial fuel cell (MFC)
  • Power density
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous)
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology


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