Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Insulating tundra soil with snow increased the abundance of microbial species involved in carbon dioxide and methane release.
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters

Insulating tundra soil with snow increased the abundance of microbial species involved in carbon dioxide and methane release.

Insulating tundra soil with snow increased the abundance of microbial species involved in carbon dioxide and methane release.

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Image of the Day: Root Pottery
Image of the Day: Root Pottery
Emily Makowski | Sep 16, 2019
An agroecology grad student creates rhizosphere-inspired art.
Gene Expression Analysis Gets Gassy
Gene Expression Analysis Gets Gassy
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018
Soil scientists use a gas-producing reporter system to assess gene activity in bacteria.
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Ruth Williams | May 31, 2018

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

How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
Shawna Williams | Apr 30, 2018
Scientists work out the specific genes and biochemical steps required for digesting the very drugs designed to kill microbes.
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
Ashley Yeager | Jun 19, 2017
The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.
How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity
How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity
Ashley P. Taylor | Jan 12, 2017
Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.
Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration
Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration
Tracy Vence | Jul 11, 2016
Excavating existing topsoil and adding donor soil, researchers revitalized degraded farmland in the span of six years.
National Microbiome Initiative Launched
National Microbiome Initiative Launched
Tanya Lewis | May 13, 2016
The White House announces a new effort to study diverse microbial communities around the planet.
Cultural Riches
Cultural Riches
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 30, 2015
Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.
Underground Immunity
Underground Immunity
Kara Manke | Jul 16, 2015
Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 
Soil Microbiome of Central Park
Soil Microbiome of Central Park
Jef Akst | Sep 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.
Incorporating Soil Microbes in Climate Change Models
Incorporating Soil Microbes in Climate Change Models
Joe Turner | Sep 23, 2014
Without a solid understanding of how the soil microbiome contributes to atmospheric carbon, researchers are struggling to determine whether dirt-dwelling bacteria could impact—and be impacted by—climate change.
Farmer Fungi
Farmer Fungi
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2014
Researchers uncover an unprecedented relationship between morels and bacteria. But can it be called agriculture?
Staying in Touch
Staying in Touch
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2013
Searching for life beyond our teeming planet has led to some innovative collaborative approaches to generating knowledge right here at home.
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Amy Coombs | Jan 1, 2013
Doctors turn to good microbes to fight disease. Will the same strategy work with crops?
The Soil Microbiome
The Soil Microbiome
Amy Coombs | Dec 31, 2012
There's a lot more than dirt to the soil in which plants grow.