Monday, September 18, 2017

BacterioFiles 310 - Prodigious Particles Produce Proteins

Megavirus
By Chantal Abergel, CC BY-SA 3.0
This episode: Newly discovered giant viruses almost build their own replication machinery instead of using their host's!

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Show notes:
Microbe of the episode: Terasakiella pusilla

News item

Journal Paper:
Schulz F, Yutin N, Ivanova NN, Ortega DR, Lee TK, Vierheilig J, Daims H, Horn M, Wagner M, Jensen GJ, Kyrpides NC, Koonin EV, Woyke T. 2017. Giant viruses with an expanded complement of translation system components. Science 356:82–85.

Other interesting stories:
  • Using insect bacteria to control devastating citrus disease
  • Microbes give meerkat gangs their signature scents
  • Bacteria use a special trick with their flagella to get unstuck (paper)
  • Fecal transplant microbes can stick around for years after treatment
  • Probiotics could help protect honeybees from pesticides

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    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Hurricane Preparedness

    No episode this week. Busy preparing for the edge of Hurricane Irma. To all my listeners in a hurricane's path, stay safe!

    Monday, September 4, 2017

    BacterioFiles 309 - Fungus Foils Phytophagy

    Leafcutting ants
    By Bandwagonman,
    CC BY-SA 3.0
    This episode: Fungi living in plants could protect them from ants that cut up their leaves to feed their own fungal gardens!

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    Show notes:
    Microbe of the episode: Escherichia virus RB3

    Journal Paper:
    Rocha SL, Evans HC, Jorge VL, Cardoso LAO, Pereira FST, Rocha FB, Barreto RW, Hart AG, Elliot SL. 2017. Recognition of endophytic Trichoderma species by leaf-cutting ants and their potential in a Trojan-horse management strategy. R Soc Open Sci 4:160628.

    Other interesting stories:
  • What kinds of bacteria live on cats' skin (paper)
  • Microbes could help reduce levels of most toxic mercury form
  • Plant bacteria can protect plants against cadmium toxicity (paper)
  • Rotifer transposons can protect them against aging
  • Bacteria help protect against Listeria infection

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