This episode: A microbe that boosts plant growth needs to make storage polymers for both itself and the plant’s sake!
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: Engineering other organisms to fix nitrogen by combining the required enzyme components into giant proteins that then get cut into the regular-sized subunit components!
This episode: Some bacteria living around plants can become pathogenic just by gaining a few genes!
This episode: Figuring out the best way to study the spread of a fungus that kills an invasive tree-eating caterpillar pest!
This episode: Unlike most animals, caterpillars don’t seem to have a resident gut microbe to help them in various ways!
Happy New Year! This episode: Fungal endophytes transferred from healthy adult plant leaf litter help baby cacao plants resist disease!
This episode: Fungi living in plants could protect them from ants that cut up their leaves to feed their own fungal gardens!
This episode: A stable community of only 7 bacteria around corn roots take on similar functions to the much more diverse soil community!