This episode: Microbes in tight spaces grow so much they can build up pressure and burst out!

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Video: cells expanding walls of chamber
Video: cells squished together
Video: cells bursting out of chamber

Journal Paper:
Delarue M, Hartung J, Schreck C, Gniewek P, Hu L, Herminghaus S, Hallatschek O. 2016. Self-driven jamming in growing microbial populations. Nat Phys 12:762–766.

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Spore-forming fungus

Spore-forming fungus

This episode: Fungi control their cell’s growth and division with a protein from a virus, unlike all other kinds of eukaryote!

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Journal Paper:
Medina EM, Turner JJ, Gordân R, Skotheim JM, Buchler NE. 2016. Punctuated evolution and transitional hybrid network in an ancestral cell cycle of fungi. eLife 5:e09492.

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Colleto

Colletotrichum disease on bean pods By David B.Langston

This episode: Some fungi change from making plants sick to being helpful to plants! How do plants react to them?

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Journal Paper:
Hacquard S, Kracher B, Hiruma K, Münch PC, Garrido-Oter R, Thon MR, Weimann A, Damm U, Dallery J-F, Hainaut M, Henrissat B, Lespinet O, Sacristán S, Themaat EVL van, Kemen E, McHardy AC, Schulze-Lefert P, O’Connell RJ. 2016. Survival trade-offs in plant roots during colonization by closely related beneficial and pathogenic fungi. Nat Commun 7:11362.

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magnetotactic

Magnetotactic bacteria with
magnetosome chains visible
From: Edouard Alphandéry
Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol.
DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2014.00005

This episode: Bacteria with their own magnetic compass can also clean up and recover toxic but valuable elements!

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Journal Paper:
Tanaka M, Knowles W, Brown R, Hondow N, Arakaki A, Baldwin S, Staniland S, Matsunaga T. 2016. Biomagnetic Recovery and Bioaccumulation of Selenium Granules in Magnetotactic Bacteria. Appl Environ Microbiol 82:3886–3891.

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This episode: Individual slime molds show the ability to learn about their environment!

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Journal Paper:
Boisseau RPVogel DDussutour A. 2016. Habituation in non-neural organisms: evidence from slime moulds. Proc R Soc B 283:20160446.

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This episode: Scientists build a battery out of microbes and electrodes that can store and release electricity repeatedly!

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Journal Paper:
Molenaar SD, Mol AR, Sleutels THJA, ter Heijne A, Buisman CJN. 2016. Microbial Rechargeable Battery: Energy Storage and Recovery through Acetate. Environ Sci Technol Lett 3:144–149.

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Zebrafish

Adult female zebrafish
By Azul – Own work, Copyrighted free use

This episode: Bacteria in the gills of fish help break down their metabolic wastes before they reach toxic levels!

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van Kessel MAHJ, Mesman RJ, Arshad A, Metz JR, Spanings FAT, van Dalen SCM, van Niftrik L, Flik G, Wendelaar Bonga SE, Jetten MSM, Klaren PHM, Op den Camp HJM. 2016. Branchial nitrogen cycle symbionts can remove ammonia in fish gills. Environ Microbiol Rep 8:590–594.

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Ideonella azotifigens cells

Ideonella azotifigens cells

This episode: Newly discovered bacteria can break down especially long-lived type of plastic!

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News item 1/News item 2 (loginwall)

Journal Paper:
Yoshida S, Hiraga K, Takehana T, Taniguchi I, Yamaji H, Maeda Y, Toyohara K, Miyamoto K, Kimura Y, Oda K. 2016. A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate). Science 351:1196–1199.

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Artemia

Brine shrimp Artemia
Credit: Xavier on Flickr

This episode: Worm parasites infecting brine shrimp help them survive better in arsenic-polluted environments!

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Journal Paper:
Sánchez MI, Pons I, Martínez-Haro M, Taggart MA, Lenormand T, Green AJ. 2016. When Parasites Are Good for Health: Cestode Parasitism Increases Resistance to Arsenic in Brine Shrimps. PLOS Pathog 12:e1005459.

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ao-s-cells

Sentinel cells fluorescing green
Credit: Xuezhi Zhang

This episode: Slime molds have special cells that capture and kill bacteria using traps made of DNA!

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Follow-up study from ep 255 group related to this study

Link to Audiommunity episode about Neutrophil Extracellular Traps

Journal Paper:
Zhang X, Zhuchenko O, Kuspa A, Soldati T. 2016. Social amoebae trap and kill bacteria by casting DNA nets. Nat Commun 7:10938.

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