Duke-led center seeks to examine and engineer the microbial communities of

DURHAM, NC – A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Duke University will undertake an ambitious endeavor to understand and improve the microbial communities that inhabit the structures in which we live, work and play — what scientists call the “built environment.” DURHAM, NC – A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Duke University will … Read more

Geological activity can rapidly change deep microbial communities — ScienceDaily

In the deep subsurface that plunges into the Earth for miles, microscopic organisms inhabit vast bedrock pores and veins. Belowground microorganisms, or microbes, comprise up to half of all living material on the planet and support the existence of all life forms up the food chain. They are essential for realizing an environmentally sustainable future … Read more

Geological activity can rapidly change deep microbial communities

In the deep subsurface that plunges into the Earth for miles, microscopic organisms inhabit vast bedrock pores and veins. Belowground microorganisms, or microbes, comprise up to half of all living material on the planet and support the existence of all life forms up the food chain. They are essential for realizing an environmentally sustainable future … Read more

Carbon cycle in microbial ecosystems of biological soil crusts

Co-occurrence networks for genes related to carbon cycle and high-abundance genera for each biocrust successional stage. Credit: IHB As greenhouse effects become increasingly prominent, soil carbon has been a major focus of research on climate change. Soil microorganisms are the key groups that drive soil carbon transformation. Due to the complexity of factors such as … Read more

Microbial Community Carbon Cycle Explored in Biological Crusts

As greenhouse effects become increasingly prominent, soil carbon has been a major focus of research on climate change. Soil microorganisms are the key groups that drive soil carbon transformation. Due to the complexity of factors such as microbial physiology, the composition of organic compounds in soils, and variation among redox forms, the pattern and process … Read more

Researchers Reveal Carbon Cycle in Microbial Ecosystems of Biological Soil Crusts

As greenhouse effects become increasingly prominent, soil carbon has been a major focus of research on climate change. Soil microorganisms are the key groups that drive soil carbon transformation. Due to the complexity of factors such as microbial physiology, the composition of organic compounds in soils, and variation among redox forms, the pattern and process … Read more

A warming climate decreases microbial diversity, study finds – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma have found that the warming climate is decreasing microbial diversity, which is essential for soil health. Led by Jizhong Zhou, Ph.D., the director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics at OU, the research team conducted an eight-year experiment that found that climate warming played a predominant role in shaping … Read more

Microgravity analog culture profoundly affects microbial infection process in 3-D human tissue models, a new study finds – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Infectious microbes have evolved sophisticated means to invade host cells, outwit the body’s defenses and cause disease. While researchers have tried to puzzle out the complicated interactions between microorganisms and the host cells they infect, one facet of the disease process has often been overlooked – the physical forces that impact host-pathogen interactions and disease … Read more

In wake of hurricane, microbial ecosystem remarkably resilient – BIOENGINEER.ORG

After sustaining seemingly catastrophic hurricane damage, a primordial groundcover vital to sustaining a multitude of coastal lifeforms bounced back to life in a matter of months. After sustaining seemingly catastrophic hurricane damage, a primordial groundcover vital to sustaining a multitude of coastal lifeforms bounced back to life in a matter of months. The finding, co-led … Read more

Why we should eat more microbial protein

Global food production is a major driver of deforestation and biodiversity loss. All of the food system activities — including crop production, livestock and fish farming, processing and supply chain, and land use — account for about 37 percent of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. More than half of these emissions come from the production … Read more