Microbial Highlight: Zymomonas mobilis adding biofuel to fire

Microbial Highlight: Zymomonas mobilis adding biofuel to fire

Kenny introduces Microbial Highlights, a new FTDM series exploring microbial diversity featuring unique artwork by Steffen Poltak. Notorious for ruining alcoholic beverages made from apples since Roman times, Zymomonas mobilis is now gaining momentum in the Biotch industry as an alternative to yeast for biofuel production. Read on to learn more about "cider sickness" and how may just be the solution biofuel needs.

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How small can they go? Ultra-small bacteria discovered

How small can they go? Ultra-small bacteria discovered

An international team led by researchers at Berkeley published the first detailed photos of ultra-small bacteria that push the boundaries of membrane-bound life and change our view of the microbial world. How did the researchers accomplish such a feat and just how small is ultra-small? Read on to learn more!

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Mutualism of the month: Frogs and a protective bacterial complement

Mutualism of the month: Frogs and a protective bacterial complement

The endemic Panamánian golden frog was at risk of complete extinction from the threat of a pathogenic fungus. It has since been raised in captivity with the hope of reintroduction to the wild. The only problem: the fungus is still around. Learn how researchers are developing a treatment for these amphibians involving mutualistic fungus-fighting bacteria in this month's mutualism.

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Drink a ton of water to get 1 oz. of food? All in a day for a coral reef sponge. You can help discover more about these amazing animals!

Drink a ton of water to get 1 oz. of food? All in a day for a coral reef sponge. You can help discover more about these amazing animals!

Sponges can filter 50,000x their own volume in a day! What does this mean for nutrient availability on coral reefs? Find out more about current research aimed at finding out how sponges are changing the water chemistry on coral reefs in the Florida Keys.

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Let's experiment: exploring my microbiota

Let's experiment: exploring my microbiota

Bacterial cells outnumber your own humans cells ten to one. Thanks to advances in sequencing technology reducing costs, you can finally get to know these silent co-inhabitants. In the first installment of the let's experiment series, Kenny lays out his experiment to get to know his microbiota and examine how his inhabitants respond to a drastic change in diet and probiotic use.

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Mutualism of the Month: Aphids and a protective bacteriophage

Mutualism of the Month: Aphids and a protective bacteriophage

Bacteria and viruses are frequently thought of as parasites; a problem to society. Not all are harmful and some of them are even helpful. See how a bacteria and virus pair help save aphids from imminent danger in this month's mutualism!

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