Peat beds around the world hold huge quantities of carbon and keep it from warming the planet. But rising temperatures and over-use could turn them from a brake on climate change into an accelerant.
If so, then the possibility of planetary super-heating in future has just become much more real.
Nutrients and energy contained within dead animals are repurposed and repackaged into living, breathing insects.
How ancient microbes survived in a world without oxygen has been a mystery. Scientists discovered a living microbial mat that uses arsenic instead of oxygen for photosynthesis and respiration.
Microbes in the gut aren't just important for digesting your food. In pregnant women, these gut microbes are producing chemicals that are essential for proper brain development of the fetus.
Researchers are figuring out how plants respond to the presence of human cadavers. The findings could prove important for discovering the locations of murder victims or mass graves.
Simple hygiene goes a long way to avoid serious eye infections.
Don't think you're alone when working from home - the typical office desk has more than 10 million bacteria. Here's how to stop your WFH setup leaving you needing sick leave.
Bacteria can become more deadly and antibiotic-resilient in space. And while more research is needed to figure out how severe the risks are, they could be catastrophic.
The atmosphere has a microbiome of bacteria, viruses and fungi that travel around the world on highways in the sky.
Finally, an answer to a long-bubbling question: What works best – bar or liquid soap?
Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
Research has yet to support the theory that cash can spread the coronavirus.
New research expands the pool of habitable worlds to include super-Earths with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.
We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?
Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.
As the coronavirus spreads, public health officials stress the importance of hand washing. But can it really make that much of a difference? A microbiologist explains why.
For your 2020 New Year's resolutions, think about keeping the microbes that live inside your gut healthy. Look after them and they'll look after you.
New research shows how rock features that look like fossilised microbes can form without life.
You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.