Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BacterioFiles 188 - Rat Residents Relieve Resin Roughness

Woodrat in front of creosote bush
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!

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Show notes:
News item/Journal Paper

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  • Predatory bacteria can prey on pathogens (paper)
  • Microbes can prevent some species from hybridizing

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