This episode: A new giant virus infecting marine algae brings its own genes related to fermentation, generating energy in the absence of oxygen!
This episode: Very small ocean algae consume bacterial prey of a similar size to themselves by engulfing them only partially!
This episode: Bacteria that prey on other bacteria could help keep corals healthy! Thanks to Rory Welsh for his contribution.
This episode: A stable community of only 7 bacteria around corn roots take on similar functions to the much more diverse soil community!
This episode: Viruses infecting cyanobacteria can produce proteins that actually help their host capture light better!
This episode: Ancient microbes built underwater structures that look like sunken, ancient cities!
This episode: Algae growing in Arctic snow make red pigments that heat up their surroundings!
Bacteria with their own magnetic compass can also clean up and recover toxic but valuable elements!
Spherical cyanobacterium Synechocystisacts like a tiny eyeball in sensing light, allowing cells to move closer to light sources!
Microscopic parasites of fish and worms actually came from jellyfish-like animals, after losing most of their genome!