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Under pressure: how do microbes grow in compacted soil?

This week, the Society for General Microbiology is hosting its first ever Focused Meeting, a mini-conference specialising on a specific topic within microbiology. This incarnation of the event is themed… 526 more words

Environmental Microbiology

Nitrososphaera viennensis: a new species, genus, family, order and class of soil-dwelling archaea

When a new species of microbe is discovered, it often fits into a known genus, forming a new outermost branch in the tree of life. Sometimes, though, organisms are discovered with DNA sufficiently different from all known species that they are placed into a new genus. 634 more words

Environmental Microbiology

Learning more about the Chikungunya virus

Chikungunya, an emerging viral infection carried by mosquitoes, has been making headlines across the US over the past few weeks. But what is Chikungunya? How does it spread? 990 more words

Environmental Microbiology

Subduing the Hive Mind: An enemy’s enemy could become an unlikely friend

Leafcutter ants form some of the biggest, most remarkable animal societies on Earth, living in sprawling colonies of up to 8 million individuals. These ants harvest more greenery in South American rainforests than any other animal, consuming… 853 more words

Environmental Microbiology