Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that the mix of microorganisms that inhabit a person’s saliva are largely determined by the human host’s household. The study, published this week in mBio®, shows that early environmental influences play a far larger role than human genetics in shaping the salivary microbiome—the group of organisms that play a crucial role in oral and overall health.

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Little is known about microbial environments in the atmosphere, the layer of gases that is common to all surfaces around the globe. On Earth Day 2017, we take a look at the world of airborne microbes.

Published in Microbial Sciences

Lawrence Wackett, PhD, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota, discusses the ability of microorganisms to biodegrade environmental chemicals. 

Published in ASM Videos

Gary King, PhD, reviews some of the many ways in which human microbe interactions affect global change. 

Published in ASM Videos