Tag Archives: Environment

Virus ecology

A nice overview of viruses from an ecological rather than a disease perspective. Continue reading

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Antibiotics – let's clean up our act

Are antibiotic residues is sewage a risk to human health and the environment? Continue reading

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How to stop the bugs eating your lunch

Nepenthes pitchers are designed to provide anti-microbial conditions to prevent nutrient competition. Continue reading

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Microbial Bebop 

“Microbial bebop” is created using five years’ worth of consecutive measurements of ocean microbial life and environmental factors like temperature, dissolved salts and chlorophyll concentrations. How? See: http://goo.gl/HJTec Listen to the oceans here: https://soundcloud.com/plos-one-media/sets/microbial-bebop #MicrobiologyBytes This post has been reshared 1 times … Continue reading

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Are we missing half of the viruses in the ocean?

There are lots of viruses in seawater – but maybe we’re not seeing the whole picture? Continue reading

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What is the commonest living thing on Earth? 

Pelagibacter ubique is the most successful member of a group of bacteria called SAR11, that jointly constitute about a third of the single-celled organisms in the ocean. But this is not P. ubique’s only claim to fame, for unlike almost … Continue reading

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Phage-bacteria infection networks

The way populations of bacteriophage interact with populations of bacteria is complex, but vital to understand. Continue reading

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Peptidoglycan: a post-genomic analysis

Peptidoglycan really is only for bacteria. Continue reading

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Microbiology of Clouds 

Within clouds, microorganisms are metabolically active. This article investigates the interactions between microorganisms and the reactive oxygenated species that are present in cloud water because these chemical compounds drive the oxidant capacity of the cloud system. PNAS: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/12/20/1205743110.short #viaGoogle+ Google+: Reshared … Continue reading

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