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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
The way populations of bacteriophage interact with populations of bacteria is complex, but vital to understand. Continue reading
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
No, it’s a guineafowl! Turkey raises and releases thousands of non-native guineafowl to eat ticks that carry the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. Yet research suggests guineafowl eat few ticks, but carry the parasites on their feathers, possibly spreading the disease they … Continue reading
It is permanently covered by a massive cap of ice up to 27 metres thick, is six times saltier than normal sea water, and at −13 °C is one of the coldest aquatic environments on Earth – yet Lake Vida … Continue reading
Nestled in a steep fjord beneath three kilometres of Antarctic ice is the lost world of Lake Ellsworth. The quest to find exotic microbial life that may have evolved in or beneath these lakes is on. Scientists have discovered a catalogue … Continue reading
I’m in Edinburgh today, taling at the annual meeting of Eurosurveillance, so as a warm up, here’s an intereting story from Eurosurveillance: Climate and environmental changes are suspected as major determinants that alter the distribution and transmission patterns of certain … Continue reading
The fungi are angry. First it was the frogs, then it was the bats. Are humans next? Fungal Disease and the Developing Story of Bat White-nose Syndrome. (2012) PLoS Pathog 8(7): e1002779. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002779 Two recently emerged cutaneous fungal diseases … Continue reading