Monday, 11 September 2017 15:08

Microbial Reefs of New York

Exotic microbial structures are probably growing closer to home than you think. The microbial reefs of New York are one such example – what can you find near you?

Published in Microbial Sciences
Friday, 18 November 2016 20:58

No Democracy for Tardigrades

Are you worried about the presidential election? Here's one way of putting it all in perspective—look into the beauty and biodiversity of the microbial world.

Published in Microbial Sciences
Friday, 18 November 2016 16:34

Frackibacter and sticky fingers - TWiM 139

Microbial DNA found on ATM machines in New York City, and how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, alters microbial ecosystems deep in the Earth.

Published in ASM Podcasts
Friday, 18 November 2016 15:31

Frackibacter and sticky fingers - TWiM 139

Microbial DNA found on ATM machines in New York City, and how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, alters microbial ecosystems deep in the Earth.

Published in TWiM

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. What effect does this process have on the microorganisms that naturally exist in the water in this process?

Dr. Peter Daszak talks about the threat new pathogens pose to endangered species and go into detail about his discovery that chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease caused by the chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, is responsible for global amphibian population declines.

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