Nature is full of organisms competing for resources, and microbial communities are no different.  However, some microbes have developed helpful relationships that benefit their survival in nature. These relationships are also helping researchers learn more about microbial physiology.

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How did eukaryotic life evolve? Here, one of the most controversial and puzzling questions in evolutionary history meets Star Wars and the Marvel Universe.

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Written by Ashley Hagen Griffin | Erythema migrans - the bulls-eye rash of Lyme disease. What causes its unique appearance and behavior? We venture under the skin to find out!  

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Watch where you step! Soil-dwelling bacteria may hold the key to the future of agriculture.

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Cholera has long been a fatal disease, but it took the ingenuity of some truly remarkable scientists, Snow, Pacini, and Koch, to figure out the causes were dirty water, intestinal disease, and a microscopic curved bacterium called Vibrio.

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Written by Katherine J. Wozniak | Tn-seq allowed researchers in two recent mBio publications to screen entire bacterial genomes to identify genes involved in surviving during nutrient deprivation.

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Why did a giant fungus inspire Stephen Jay Gould to quote Walt Whitman’s “I contain multitudes” way back in 1992?

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Ants have learned to farm 50 million years ago, way before humans did. Their crop of choice? Fungus.

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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?

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:18

The Mysterious Landscape

Do “microbial landscapes” really exist? Or is that phrase simply a poetic way to write about microbial ecology?

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