This study investigated the effects of electrical signaling disruption induced by adding tetraethylammonium (TEA, a potassium channel blocker) on the formation of mixed-cultured electroactive biofilms, especially the relative abundance of Geobacter over time. Results showed that TEA addition decelerated the biofilm formation, but selectively enriched Geobacter over time (45.8% on Day 32, 67.7% on Day 60 and 78.1% on Day 90), thus resulting in higher final extracellular electron transfer (EET) efficiency. Redundancy analysis (RDA) confirmed that TEA and operation time were significant factors for the selective enrichment of Geobacter. Moreover, increase in cellular processes and signal processing by PICRUSt analysis indicated adaptive responses of electrogenic biofilms to electrical signaling disruption. Furthermore, qRT-PCR indicated the compensatory roles of key cytochromes and pilA in electrochemical communication, which induced Geobacter enrichment. This work provided a broader understanding of electroactive biofilm regulation and potential applications for electricity generation and biosensor in the future.
- Microbial community
- Mixed-cultured electroactive biofilm
- Potassium channel blocker
- Selective enrichment