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Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By Abby Olena | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.


image: Microbes Persist in Super-Salty Conditions

Microbes Persist in Super-Salty Conditions

By Tanya Lewis | June 23, 2016

Extremophiles can thrive on perchlorates and metabolize carbon monoxide, researchers report.


image: Grade-schooler Schools Ecologists

Grade-schooler Schools Ecologists

By Bob Grant | July 23, 2014

A sixth grader’s science project on the salinity tolerance of lionfish inspires an academic researcher to confirm the student’s results, expanding knowledge of an invasive species.


image: Avoiding Salt

Avoiding Salt

By Abby Olena | January 1, 2014

In a newly identified tropism, plant roots steer clear of salinity.


image: Salt at Fault?

Salt at Fault?

By Kate Yandell | March 6, 2013

Two groups of researchers independently showed that high salt exposure stimulates cells implicated in multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.


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Better Biofuel Crops

By Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | July 1, 2012

One way to increase biofuel production is to engineer plants that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, thereby expanding the range in which such crops can be grown. 


Growing Better Biofuel Crops

By Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | July 1, 2012

Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.

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image: Not Salt's Fault?

Not Salt's Fault?

By Jef Akst | July 7, 2011

New research raises doubt about whether cutting dietary sodium reduces risk of death from heart disease.


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