BacterioFiles 267: Crust Color Cooks Communities

September 15, 2016
biocrusts

Biocrusts in Moab, Utah
Credit: Estelle Couradeau

This episode: Cyanobacteria in biocrusts produce pigments that heat their surroundings up to 10 degrees hotter!

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Show notes:
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Journal Paper:
Couradeau E, Karaoz U, Lim HC, Nunes da Rocha U, Northen T, Brodie E, Garcia-Pichel F. 2016. Bacteria increase arid-land soil surface temperature through the production of sunscreens. Nat Commun 7:10373.

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