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: Supercritical carbon dioxide and bacteria that can grow in it make a great combination for biofuel production!
This episode: Beneficial fungi found inside wild grain plants help wheat plants grow better with less water!
This episode: Phages eavesdrop on bacterial communications to attack at the perfect moment!
This episode: Fruit fly gut microbes can mediate non-genetic traits passed from parents to offspring!
This episode: Bacteria rid themselves of burdensome waste by ejecting it inside little pieces of their own cell, called minicells!
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: Combining all 16 of yeast’s chromosomes into one or two only impairs their growth slightly in the lab, but it prevents them from successful mating with wild yeasts!
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!