Microbes can survive in the frozen coastal desert soils of Antarctica’s Miers Valley.
Microbes have the ability to survive in extremely hot and cold conditions. This makes them invaluable tools for research: they can teach us how life has evolved and how we survive.
Surface oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Andreas Teske, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Genetic analysis shows that marine bacteria broke down much of the oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. These findings could lead to more effective cleanups after future spills.
Nice to see you: parrotfishes prey on seaweed, which consume seaweeds that can outcompete, smother or even poison corals.
A combination of factors – pollution, disease and overfishing – is harming corals but scientists have found clues to effective treatment by studying corals' microbiome.
Many of us spend our working lives in offices - but few of us are familiar with the other life forms that share our desks.
How microbes are the key ingredients when it comes to concocting a gourmet menu.
The world’s driest areas are tipped to get even drier, with potentially worrying implications for soil productivity.
The world's 'drylands' – already home to 38% of the world's people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.
They say you are what you eat, and we’re learning that a bad diet might mean bad moods and bad behaviour.
Your thoughts, moods and behaviours are the product of your brain. What you eat affects the chemicals in your brain, and thus your moods and behaviours.
Tens of millions of smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa have a stake in improving the health of the soil their cattle graze on.
Africa’s soil crisis calls for quick and creative action. This includes deepening farmers' knowledge about soil microbes.
Microbes can act as canaries in the coalmine for ocean pollutants such as sewage.
There are more bacteria in the ocean than stars in the known universe. New genetic techniques are letting us use microbes as early warning systems for oceans in trouble from pollution and other stresses.
Between a rock and a hard place.
Scientists have figured out how microbes may have found food when trapped beneath ice for millions of years.
Viruses are not all bad. In fact, many ecosystems would not function without them.
The word "virus" strikes terror into the hearts of most people. But most viruses are actually vital to our very existence.
Will Cassini find evidence of microbial life in the plumes from Enceladus? A new study has made it a whole lot easier.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Study pinpoints some of the chemical signs of microbial life on Enceladus. The study could in part be corroborated by Cassini's flyby of the moon.
Nanotechnology that can detect illnesses will become available next year.
A novel approach to detect bacterial infections in 10-15 minutes is expected to become commercially available next year.
When we think of antibiotic overuse, we don't generally think of allergies. Research is beginning to suggest that maybe we should.
Hydrothermal vents on the seafloor hold the key to understanding the evolution of cellular life.
Centre for Geobiology (University of Bergen, Norway) by R.B. Pedersen
Microbe can explain how ancient ancestors of simple cells like bacteria evolved into the complex cells that make up humans.
Lush rainforest above ground… spare a thought for what’s happening in the soil.
It’s no exaggeration to say the tropics drive our planet’s carbon cycle – the constant transfer of carbon back and forth, on a global scale, between living things and the environment. Understanding the…
Understanding microbial activity in rhizosphere – the critical zone where plant roots, microbes and minerals interface – is critical to promoting plant health.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
People are increasingly aware of the link between the trillions of microbes that live within our bodies and human health. Studies have found that a healthy population of bacteria, or a microbiome, in a…
Tri colored bat with white-nose syndrome.
It’s been roughly eight years since white-nose syndrome (WNS) was first documented decimating bat populations in upstate New York. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans which…
Soon to be grown for ornamental use only.
Mark Nesbitt and Samuel Delwen
The past few decades have seen enormous progress being made in synthetic biology – the idea that simple biological parts can be tweaked to do our bidding. One of the main targets has been hacking the biological…
Exposure to an indoor dog in the first year of life is associated with a child’s odds of developing type 1 diabetes, new…