Tag Archives: Environment

RNA Bacteriophage Diversity

Viruses that infect bacteria are among the most abundant life forms on Earth. Oceans and soils, and potentially even our bodies, would be overrun with bacteria were it not for bacteriophages. A new study suggests that bacteriophages with RNA genomes … Continue reading

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Virus Commuters

Both airline and commuter road travel influence flu virus distribution in the continental USA. Continue reading

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From the dandruffome to deep sea vents

Coming soon to a scalp near you: the dandruffome. Continue reading

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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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