This episode: Light increases the growth even of some bacteria that don’t harvest its energy!
This episode: Very small ocean algae consume bacterial prey of a similar size to themselves by engulfing them only partially!
This episode: Viruses infecting cyanobacteria can produce proteins that actually help their host capture light better!
This episode: Lichens, long known to be a partnership between fungi and algae, now discovered to have an important third member!
This episode: Microbes with complementary abilities help each other grow and produce useful stuff from the air!
Spherical cyanobacterium Synechocystisacts like a tiny eyeball in sensing light, allowing cells to move closer to light sources!
Cyanobacteria in biocrusts produce pigments that heat their surroundings up to 10 degrees hotter!