Monday, September 12, 2016

BacterioFiles 267 - Crust Color Cooks Communities

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Biocrusts in Moab, Utah
Credit: Estelle Couradeau
This episode: Cyanobacteria in biocrusts produce pigments that heat their surroundings up to 10 degrees hotter!
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Show notes:
News item

Journal Paper:
Couradeau E, Karaoz U, Lim HC, Nunes da Rocha U, Northen T, Brodie E, Garcia-Pichel F. 2016. Bacteria increase arid-land soil surface temperature through the production of sunscreens. Nat Commun 7:10373.

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