Latest Environmental microbiology Stories
Previous research has shown that children who grow up in a house with a dog are less likely to develop severe allergies and now a new study from an American team of researchers has found that gut bacteria may play a role in that relationship.
Transferring the gut microbes from a mouse with colon tumors to germ-free mice makes those mice prone to getting tumors as well.
Most of us wouldn't consider bacteria a promising energy source of the future.
The bottom of the deep sea is largely deserted. Oases occur for example at cold seeps where water transports dissolved elements from the seabed: Specialized microbes convert methane and sulfate from sea water to hydrogen sulfide releasing carbon dioxide.
As termites eat wood, the small chunks they chew off are delivered to feed a community of unique microbes living in their guts. In a complex multi-step process, these microbes turn the hard, fibrous material of the wood into a nutritious meal for the termite host.
Scientists are increasingly focusing their attention on the world's seas in the hopes of finding the next generation of medications that could lead to a variety of cures.
In a discovery that further demonstrates just how unexpected and unusual nature can be, scientists have found two strains of bacteria whose symbiotic relationship is unlike anything seen before.
The range of helpful bacteria in the guts of infants delivered by caesarean section, during their first two years of life, is narrower than that of infants delivered vaginally.
- To swell, as grain or wood with water.