Scientists outlined in a study published Wednesday a “bionic mushroom” capable of producing its own electricity.

To do this, researchers used cyanobacteria, a bacteria with a blue-green color that creates its energy through photosynthesis, like plants.

Researchers at the Stevens Institute for Technology said the microbes have been known in the bioengineering community to create electricity, but don’t last as long because the artificial surfaces used to host the bacteria can’t keep it thriving long enough.

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