Tag Archives: Environment

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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Is this research a turkey 

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

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Life abounds in Antarctic lake sealed under ice 

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

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Hunt for life under Antarctic ice heats up 

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

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Tick-borne encephalitis under surveillance

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

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The Developing Story of Bat White-nose Syndrome

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

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