Monday, July 3, 2017

BacterioFiles 300 - Hyphae Help Horizontal (Gene Transfer)

Oyster mushroom mycelium
By Tobi Kellner, CC BY-SA 3.0
This episode: Filament-forming organisms help bacteria swim through soil and exchange genes with each other! Also, new feature: microbe of the episode!

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Show notes:
Microbe of the episode: Azotobacter vinelandii

News item

Video of bacteria swimming along mycelium:

Full statement from Tom Berthold

Journal Paper:
Berthold T, Centler F, H├╝bschmann T, Remer R, Thullner M, Harms H, Wick LY. 2016. Mycelia as a focal point for horizontal gene transfer among soil bacteria. Sci Rep 6:36390.

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