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: Beneficial fungi found inside wild grain plants help wheat plants grow better with less water!
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: Intricate networks of tunnels in garnet gemstones seem to have come from tunneling microorganisms!
This episode: Bacteriophages with defenses against bacterial CRISPR defenses have to work together to succeed!
This episode: Some bacteria produce DNA-targeting toxins, which provokes a similar retaliation from other strains. Sometimes this hurts the provoker, but sometimes it is very helpful to them!
This episode: A new giant virus infecting marine algae brings its own genes related to fermentation, generating energy in the absence of oxygen!