Monday, May 22, 2017

BacterioFiles 294 - Bacteria Benefit Bad Burns

Lactobacillus plantarum colonies
Donald Breakwell et al. 2007. 
This episode: Probiotic bacteria prevent deadly infections in mice with serious burns!

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Show notes:
Journal Paper:
Argenta A, Satish L, Gallo P, Liu F, Kathju S. 2016. Local Application of Probiotic Bacteria Prophylaxes against Sepsis and Death Resulting from Burn Wound Infection. PLOS ONE 11:e0165294.

Other interesting stories:
  • Bacteria can help cotton plants tolerate salt (paper)
  • Fiber stops microbes from eating protective gut mucus
  • Potential new antibiotics predicted and discovered in human microbes
  • Bacteria communicate to work together against viruses
  • Root bacteria help protect plants against arsenic and infections

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    Monday, May 15, 2017

    BacterioFiles 293 - Millet Microbe Makes Meshes

    Finger millet
    This episode: Bacteria in finger millet roots create special killing traps for damaging fungi!

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    Show notes:
    News item

    Journal Paper:
    Mousa WK, Shearer C, Limay-Rios V, Ettinger CL, Eisen JA, Raizada MN. 2016. Root-hair endophyte stacking in finger millet creates a physicochemical barrier to trap the fungal pathogen Fusarium graminearum. Nat Microbiol 1:16167.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Animal study of phage cocktail to treat cholera
  • Soil microbes could help clean up arsenic contamination (paper)
  • Bacteria with nucleus-like structure even have nuclear pore-like structures
  • Using bacteria to find best enzymes for degrading lignin (paper)
  • Making microbial fuel cells with paper

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    Monday, May 8, 2017

    BacterioFiles 292 - Testing Tardigrade Tolerance Tricks

    Tardigrade
    By Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden
    CC BY-SA 3.0
    This episode: Tiny super-resistant animals, tardigrades, make proteins that can directly shield DNA from radiation!

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    Show notes:
    News item 1/News item 2

    Journal Paper:
    Hashimoto T, Horikawa DD, Saito Y, Kuwahara H, Kozuka-Hata H, Shin-I T, Minakuchi Y, Ohishi K, Motoyama A, Aizu T, Enomoto A, Kondo K, Tanaka S, Hara Y, Koshikawa S, Sagara H, Miura T, Yokobori S, Miyagawa K, Suzuki Y, Kubo T, Oyama M, Kohara Y, Fujiyama A, Arakawa K, Katayama T, Toyoda A, Kunieda T. 2016. Extremotolerant tardigrade genome and improved radiotolerance of human cultured cells by tardigrade-unique protein. Nat Commun 7:12808.

    Other interesting stories:
  • New sunscreen compounds could come from bacteria
  • Bacterial fingerprints don't last forever (paper)
  • Virus infecting bacteria makes structure like a nucleus (paper)
  • Microbes could produce useful, biological nanowires
  • Finding viruses to control fungal pathogens of plants

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    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    BacterioFiles 290 - Lichens' Little Lodgers

    Lichens on rock near Las Vegas, NV
    I'm back! This episode: Lichens, long known to be a partnership between fungi and algae, now discovered to have an important third member!

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    Show notes:
    News item

    Journal Paper:
    Spribille T, Tuovinen V, Resl P, Vanderpool D, Wolinski H, Aime MC, Schneider K, Stabentheiner E, Toome-Heller M, Thor G, Mayrhofer H, Johannesson H, McCutcheon JP. 2016. Basidiomycete yeasts in the cortex of ascomycete macrolichens. Science 353:488–492.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Some protists like to eat archaea (paper)
  • Bee bacteria can break down harmful sugars in bee food (paper)
  • Testing how best to use mosquito bacteria to block virus transmission (paper)
  • Studying Inuit gut microbes
  • Temperature affects Wolbachia health in mosquitoes (paper)

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    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Short Break

    I'm putting the show on pause again for a short while, because I'm too busy with other things for the moment. But it'll be back soon with more exciting stories!

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    BacterioFiles Special - Novozymes' Nathan Cude

    This episode: An interview with Dr. Nathan Cude, team leader at Novozymes BioAg Alliance, working on finding and bringing to market soil microbes that can help crops grow!
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    Show notes:
    Novozymes
    BioAg Alliance
    Nathan Cude on Twitter and LinkedIn

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