Monday, December 11, 2017

BacterioFiles 320 - Fortified Fungi Fight Fevers

Anopheles gambiae
This episode: Fungi modified to produce spider and scorpion toxins kill malaria-transmitting mosquitoes extra fast!

Thanks to Brian Lovett for his contribution.

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Show notes:
Microbe of the episode: Microbispora parva

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Journal Paper:
Bilgo E, Lovett B, Fang W, Bende N, King GF, Diabate A, Leger RJS. 2017. Improved efficacy of an arthropod toxin expressing fungus against insecticide-resistant malaria-vector mosquitoes. Sci Rep 7:3433.

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  • Native vs. invader microbes help or prevent invasive marine plants invade

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    Monday, December 4, 2017

    BacterioFiles 319 - Mycelial Moisture Magnanimity

    By: Worrich et al. 2017, Nat Commun
    CC-BY 4.0
    This episode: Filament network-forming organisms like fungi can transfer nutrients and moisture to bacteria in harsher conditions!

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    Show notes:
    Microbe of the episode: Desulfuromonas acetoxidans

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    Journal Paper:
    Worrich A, Stryhanyuk H, Musat N, König S, Banitz T, Centler F, Frank K, Thullner M, Harms H, Richnow H-H, Miltner A, Kästner M, Wick LY. 2017. Mycelium-mediated transfer of water and nutrients stimulates bacterial activity in dry and oligotrophic environments. Nat Commun 8:ncomms15472.

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  • Bacteria induce mating in another ocean microbe

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