plant biology, microbiology, ecology
Engineering Virus-Resistant Plants
Engineering Virus-Resistant Plants
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 11, 2015
Researchers use CRISPR to create plants that resist infection by DNA viruses.
Exploring the Inner Universe
Exploring the Inner Universe
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 6, 2015
A new American Museum of Natural History exhibit introduces visitors to the microbes within their bodies. 
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2015
The Psychology of Overeating, The Hidden Half of Nature, The Death of Cancer, and The Secret of Our Success
Microbesity
Microbesity
Jenny Rood | Nov 1, 2015
Obesity appears linked to the gut microbiome. How and why is still a mystery—but scientists have plenty of ideas.
Buzzed Honeybees
Buzzed Honeybees
Karen Zusi | Oct 20, 2015
Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.
One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened
One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened
Karen Zusi | Oct 6, 2015
A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.
Microbiome Meals
Microbiome Meals
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers identify a handful of genes that help bacteria in the mouse gut adapt to dietary changes.
Gut Bacteria Linked to Asthma Risk
Gut Bacteria Linked to Asthma Risk
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Four types of gut bacteria found in babies’ stool may help researchers predict the future development of asthma.
Cultural Riches
Cultural Riches
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.
Lost Colonies
Lost Colonies
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2015
Next-generation sequencing has identified scores of new microorganisms, but getting even abundant bacterial species to grow in the lab has proven challenging.