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The Telltale Tail

By | May 1, 2014

A symbiotic relationship between squid and bacteria provides an alternative explanation for bacterial sheathed flagella.

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Biofuel Mimicry

By | October 1, 2013

Could the fungus-gardening activities of leafcutter ants teach humans how to produce sustainable biofuels?

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Gardener's Delight

By | October 1, 2013

See the complex symbiosis going on between fungus, ants, and bacteria within a leafcutter anthill.

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Plants Communicate with Help of Fungi

By | May 14, 2013

Symbiotic fungi on the roots of bean plants can act as an underground signaling network, transmitting early warnings of impending aphid attacks.  

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Bacterial Buddies

By | March 1, 2013

A chance encounter with a crab apple tree leads to the discovery of a new bacterial species and clues to the evolution of insect endosymbionts.

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Genome Digest

By | December 7, 2012

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Some Like It Cold

By | August 1, 2012

A hint of green leads researchers to an ocean phenomenon that could counteract the effect of climate change on some corals.

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Bacterial Insecticide Resistance

By | April 23, 2012

By cultivating detoxifying bacteria in its gut, a pest called the bean bug can become instantly resistant to a common insecticide.

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Evolutionary Pioneer Dies at 73

By | November 28, 2011

Lynn Margulis, an innovative thinker who proposed symbiosis as a major mechanism for speciation, passed away last week.

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Fair Trade at Plant Roots

By | August 11, 2011

Plant and fungal symbionts swap more resources with partners that provide a greater return of nutrients.

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