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Well-Brined Pork

By | July 1, 2016

Watch what happens when marine organisms have their way with a sunken pig carcass.


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Your Office Has a Distinct Microbiome

By | July 1, 2016

Researchers detail the major factors shaping the microbiomes that surround us while we work.

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Evidence of Risk Assessment in Plants Reported

By | June 30, 2016

Pea plants seem to assess risks related to nutrient access and direct their roots accordingly.


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Dethroning E. coli?

By | June 23, 2016

Some scientists hope to replace microbiology’s workhorse bacterium with fast-growing Vibrio natriegens.

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Speaking of Microbiology

By | June 21, 2016

A selection of notable quotes from the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting


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Dental Microbes Not All in the Family

By | June 20, 2016

Kids often acquire cavity-causing bacteria from non-family members, researchers report at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.


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Identifying Resilient Reefs

By | June 16, 2016

Researchers identify areas where marine ecosystems are faring better or worse than predicted in hopes of saving the world’s corals.


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Early-Life Microbiome

By | June 16, 2016

Analyzing the gut microbiomes of children from birth through toddlerhood, researchers tie compositional changes to birth mode, infant diet, and antibiotic therapy.


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Prominent Ecologist Dies

By | June 16, 2016

Bob Paine, best known for introducing the idea of “keystone species,” has passed away at age 83.


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Students Study Their Own Microbiomes

By | June 1, 2016

Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.


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