Monday, June 27, 2016

BacterioFiles 257 - Phage Fibers Fight Phyllosphere Foes

Bacteria-killing tail fibers
Hockett et al. 2015
This episode: Bacteria have repeatedly captured and used the tails of phages to fight each other!
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Journal Paper:
Hockett KL, Renner T, Baltrus DA. 2015. Independent Co-Option of a Tailed Bacteriophage into a Killing Complex in Pseudomonas. mBio 6:e00452-15.

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    Monday, June 13, 2016

    BacterioFiles 255 - Colonizer Controls Carrier Cultivation

    Amoeba spores with bacteria inside
    DiSalvo et al. 2015
    This episode: Some bacteria seem to cause slime mold amoebas to carry around other bacteria for food!
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    Show notes:
    News item

    Journal Paper:
    DiSalvo S, Haselkorn TS, Bashir U, Jimenez D, Brock DA, Queller DC, Strassmann JE. 2015. Burkholderia bacteria infectiously induce the proto-farming symbiosis of Dictyostelium amoebae and food bacteria. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112:E5029–E5037.

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