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Gene Expression Analysis Gets Gassy

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

Soil scientists use a gas-producing reporter system to assess gene activity in bacteria.

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Infographic: Gassy Genes

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

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How Bacteria Eat Penicillin

By Shawna Williams | April 30, 2018

Scientists work out the specific genes and biochemical steps required for digesting the very drugs designed to kill microbes.

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The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.

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How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 13, 2017

Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.

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Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration

By Tracy Vence | July 11, 2016

Excavating existing topsoil and adding donor soil, researchers revitalized degraded farmland in the span of six years.

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National Microbiome Initiative Launched

By Tanya Lewis | May 13, 2016

The White House announces a new effort to study diverse microbial communities around the planet.

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Cultural Riches

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 1, 2015

Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.

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Underground Immunity

By Kara Manke | July 16, 2015

Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 

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Soil Microbiome of Central Park

By Jef Akst | September 30, 2014

Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.

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