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Farmer Fungus

Humans are far from the first species to invent agriculture. Continue reading

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Matrix-producing cannibals

Cell-cell interactions are common to all living systems. Bacteria are no exception, and numerous mechanisms that use secreted products as signaling molecules are known. Among these, the so-called “quorum sensing” systems are perhaps the best studied. In quorum sensing, all … Continue reading

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Plants, mycorrhizal fungi, and bacteria: a network of interactions

A mycorrhiza is a symbiotic association between a fungus and the roots of a plant. In a mycorrhizal association, the fungus may colonize the roots of a host plant, either intracellularly (arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi) or extracellularly (ectomycorrhizal fungi). These communities … Continue reading

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Mineral weathering by bacteria

Exposure of minerals to rainwater, temperature changes and oxidative conditions results in weathering. All these events have driven the formation of sediments, soils and landscapes, determining soil fertility and water quality. Plants and microbes are also involved in formation and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday PLoS Pathogens

PLoS Pathogens is two years old, and to celebrate, they’ve just published a list of the top ten papers downloaded from September 2005 to July 2007, so if you need to catch up on your reading: Carrageenan Is a Potent … Continue reading

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