This episode: A microbe that boosts plant growth needs to make storage polymers for both itself and the plant’s sake!
This episode: Light increases the growth even of some bacteria that don’t harvest its energy!
This episode: Newly discovered CRISPR-inhibiting genes are found in many different bacterial groups!
This episode: Supercritical carbon dioxide and bacteria that can grow in it make a great combination for biofuel production!
This episode: Mouse gut microbes, from mice or from human donors, can protect mice against arsenic toxicity!
This episode: Bacteria that help nematodes prey on insects also help keep fungi from stealing their kills!
This episode: Phages eavesdrop on bacterial communications to attack at the perfect moment!
This episode: Purple phototrophic bacteria could use certain kinds of wastewater, along with electric current, to produce valuable products like hydrogen without much waste!
This episode: Fruit fly gut microbes can mediate non-genetic traits passed from parents to offspring!
This episode: Women who immigrated to the US from southeast Asia lost much of their gut microbiota diversity, resulting in a microbe community similar to the typical American!