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How do you cultivate a healthy plant microbiome?
Crops today never see their parents' microbiome, so how do they develop a leaf microbial community that's healthy and resistant to invasion by pathogens? (2019-12-06)
Whales may owe their efficient digestion to millions of tiny microbes
A study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that the microbial communities inside whales may play an important role in the digestion of one of the ocean's most abundant carbon-rich lipids, known as a wax ester. (2019-12-05)
MBL team images the bacterial hitchhikers on plastic trash in ocean
Using an innovative microscopy method developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ocean sites. (2019-12-02)
A new way to control microbial metabolism
To help optimize microbes' ability to produce useful compounds but also maintain their own growth, MIT chemical engineers have devised a way to induce bacteria to switch between different metabolic pathways at different times. (2019-12-02)
Ancient microbes helped to keep Earth's early climate warm
Ancient ancestors of modern microbes played a critical role in setting the stage for life on a dimly lit early Earth, and in creating the world's largest iron ore deposits, according to new research. (2019-11-29)
How ancient microbes created massive ore deposits, set the stage for early life on Earth
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in forming the world's largest iron ore deposits billions of years ago. (2019-11-28)
U of Guelph researcher helps measure worldwide nitrogen levels in grasslands
A University of Guelph ecologist has taken part in a global project to monitor real-world nitrogen cycles in grassland soils to build understanding that is critical for measuring impacts on the ecosystem & food production. (2019-11-28)
Life, liberty -- and access to microbes?
Poverty increases the risk for numerous diseases by limiting people's access to healthy food, environments and stress-free conditions. (2019-11-26)
Gut microbes alter characteristics of norovirus infection
The highly contagious norovirus causes diarrhea and vomiting and is notorious for spreading rapidly through densely populated spaces, such as cruise ships, nursing homes, schools and day care centers. (2019-11-25)
New disease hits corals
The emergence of a new coral disease in Micronesian reefs, termed grey-patch disease, is reported in the open-access journal Microbiome. (2019-11-21)
Yeasts in nectar can stimulate the growth of bee colonies
Researchers from KU Leuven have found that the presence of yeasts can alter the chemical composition and thus the nutritional value of nectar for pollinators such as bees. (2019-11-20)
Melanin-producing Streptomyces are more likely to colonize plants
Recent research published in Phytobiomes Journal demonstrates that melanin-producing Streptomyces are more likely to colonize plants, which has been shown to be protective for many different organisms. (2019-11-20)
Bacteria in the gut may alter ageing process, finds NTU Singapore study
An international research team led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has found that microorganisms living in the gut may alter the ageing process, which could lead to the development of food-based treatment to slow it down. (2019-11-14)
Turning (more) fat and sewage into natural gas
NC State University researchers have developed what is, to date, the most efficient means of converting sewage sludge and restaurant grease into natural gas. (2019-11-13)
The gut may be the ticket to reducing chemo's side effects
In a new study, scientists observed several simultaneous reactions in mice given a common chemotherapy drug: Their gut bacteria and tissue changed, their blood and brains showed signs of inflammation, and their behaviors suggested they were fatigued and cognitively impaired. (2019-11-11)
Straight from the source
Arpita Bose, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, has published new work that reveals how one kind of bacteria 'eats' electricity by pulling in electrons straight from an electrode source. (2019-11-05)
To survive in the human gut, bacteria need genetic 'passcode'
Bacteria need an assortment of specialized genes to live in people's intestines -- and the composition of these genes varies from person to person. (2019-10-30)
A 'shocking' new way to treat infections
New research from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering introduces a revolutionary treatment for these infections. (2019-10-22)
Transient and long-term disruption of gut microbes after antibiotics
Antibiotic treatment is known to disrupt the community structure of intestinal microbes -- the 500 to 1,000 bacterial species that have a mainly beneficial influence in humans. (2019-10-21)
Computational 'match game' identifies potential antibiotics
Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have devised a software tool that can play a high-speed 'Match Game' to identify bioactive molecules and the microbial genes that produce them so they can be evaluated as possible antibiotics and other therapeutic agents. (2019-10-16)
Taming the wild cheese fungus
The flavors of fermented foods are heavily shaped by the fungi that grow on them, but the evolutionary origins of those fungi aren't well understood. (2019-10-15)
Genetic differences in the immune system shape the microbiome
Genetic differences in the immune system shape the collections of bacteria that colonize the digestive system, according to new research by scientists at the University of Chicago. (2019-10-15)
Study reveals how mucus tames microbes
A study from MIT reveals glycans, branched sugar molecules found in mucus, can prevent bacteria from communicating with each other and forming infectious biofilms, effectively rendering the microbes harmless. (2019-10-14)
Unlocking the biochemical treasure chest within microbes
An international team of scientists lead by the Joint Genome Institute has developed a genetic engineering tool that makes producing and analyzing microbial secondary metabolites -- the basis for many important agricultural, industrial, and medical products -- easier than ever before, and could even lead to breakthroughs in biomanufacturing. (2019-10-14)
Sunlight degrades polystyrene much faster than expected
Polystyrene persists in the environment for millennia, according to some international governmental agencies. (2019-10-10)
Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected
A study published by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene, one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought. (2019-10-10)
Human gut microbes could make processed foods healthier
A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-10-09)
New research furthers understanding about what shapes human gut microbiome
A new Northwestern University study finds that despite human's close genetic relationship to apes, the human gut microbiome is more similar to that of Old World monkeys like baboons than to that of apes like chimpanzees. (2019-10-07)
Uncovering drug-like small molecules in the human microbiome
Gene clusters once hidden in the human microbiome, whose products resemble clinically used drugs, are now more discoverable, thanks to a new bioinformatics approach. (2019-10-03)
New fluorescence method reveals signatures of individual microbes
University of Tsukuba researchers have developed a new method that reveals the unique fluorescence patterns produced by individual cells in mixtures of bacteria, yeast and fungi. (2019-10-03)
Stanford-made exhibit plunges people in the world of microbes
Scientists at Stanford and the Exploratorium developed an immersive exhibit where visitors can dance with living cells. (2019-10-02)
ORNL scientists shed light on microbial 'dark matter' with new approach
Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a way to isolate and grow targeted bacteria using genomic data, making strides toward resolving the grand challenge of uncultivated microbial 'dark matter' in which the vast majority of microorganisms remain unstudied in the laboratory. (2019-09-30)
Cooking food alters the microbiome
Scientists at UC San Francisco and Harvard University have shown for the first time that cooking food fundamentally alters the microbiomes of both mice and humans, a finding with implications both for optimizing our microbial health and for understanding how cooking may have altered the evolution of the our microbiomes during human prehistory. (2019-09-30)
Microbes in warm soils released more carbon than those in cooler soils
Simply by moving tropical soils down a mountainside into warmer environments, a team including Smithsonian scientists Andy Nottingham and Ben Turner discovered that much more CO2 may be released due to increased microbial activity as soils warm. (2019-09-30)
New research reveals soil microbes play a key role in plant disease resistance
Scientists have discovered that soil microbes can make plants more resistant to an aggressive disease -- opening new possibilities for sustainable food production. (2019-09-25)
Microbes are a key marker of vaginal health during menopause
Certain species of bacteria are actually necessary to maintain vaginal health. (2019-09-24)
Nova Southeastern University Researcher urges use of microbes for space colonization
Before we go colonizing other planets, NSU researcher says we should drop in some microbes first -- they are essential for human survival. (2019-09-23)
Scientists decode DNA of coral and all its microscopic supporters
Scientists have seen for the first time how corals collaborate with other microscopic life to build and grow. (2019-09-23)
For gut microbes, not all types of fiber are created equal
Certain human gut microbes with links to health thrive when fed specific types of ingredients in dietary fibers, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-09-19)
MSU research team discovers new microbe in wheat stem sawfly
Montana State University researchers Carl Yeoman and David Weaver published a paper with a group of colleagues in August discussing the potential ramifications of the discovery for combating the damage done by these sawflies each year. (2019-09-18)
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