Microbiology (Biology and Medicine)

 

Microbes protect beetle larvae from pathogens

Bacteria produce compound protecting the eggs, larvae, and pupae from fungal infections more

Gut microbes and humans on a joint evolutionary journey

Researchers discover simultaneous evolutionary history of gut microbes with their human hosts over hundreds of thousands of years more

A decisive pinch of sugar

Scientists have discovered a new mechanism for bacterial polysaccharide export more

Vital ventilation

Stony corals use a refined built-in ventilation system to protect themselves from environmental stressors more

Understanding how microbiota thrive in their human hosts

Inositol lipid production in gut bacteria unexpectedly widespread more

Finding new weapons in nature`s battlesites

Genomic studies open up a wealth of bioactive small molecules in insect-killing bacteria more

All organisms produce methane

The formation of the greenhouse gas is driven by reactive oxygen species more

False color image of Pseudomonas bacteria entering a plant leaf through stomata (credit: Sonja Kersten, Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen)

Benign bacterial strains induce plant to inhibit a selective pathogen, resulting in protection of the plant health more

From the oilfield to the lab

A special microbe turns oil into gases all by itself more

Scientific highlights 2021

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

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Gut microbes and humans on a joint evolutionary journey

Researchers discover simultaneous evolutionary history of gut microbes with their human hosts over hundreds of thousands of years more

Vital ventilation

Stony corals use a refined built-in ventilation system to protect themselves from environmental stressors more

All organisms produce methane

The formation of the greenhouse gas is driven by reactive oxygen species more

From the oilfield to the lab

A special microbe turns oil into gases all by itself more

Scientific highlights 2021

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

First overview of archaea in vertebrates

Uncovering how host relatedness influences the diversity of archaea in the vertebrate gut more

A beetle’s Achilles heel

The pesticide damages the microorganisms necessary for the formation of the exoskeleton of the saw-toothed grain beetle more

Bacteria adapt syringe apparatus to changing conditions

Study shows how pathogenic bacteria can adapt to varying conditions of the digestive tract more

Starvation turns slime moulds into multicellular organisms

How sulfur metabolism may have paved the way for the evolution of multicellularity more

Spore formation in fast motion

Time-lapse microscopy reveals different life cycle strategies in Bacillus subtilis more

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Every grain of sand is a met­ro­polis for bac­teria

A single sand grain harbours up to 100,000 microorganisms from thousands of species. more

Microbial resident enables beetles to feed on a leafy diet

Thistle tortoise beetles outsource the job of breaking down plant cell walls to a symbiotic bacterium more

Algae with light switch

The adhesion of Chlamydomonas, a unicellular alga, to surfaces is light-dependent more

<p>Ancient partnership between ciliates and bacteria</p>

Symbiotic ciliates and bacteria have a common ancestor more

Oil as energy source for deep-sea creatures

Scientists discover mussels and sponges in the deep sea which can thrive on oil with the help of symbiont bacteria more

Symbiotic bacteria: from hitchhiker to beetle bodyguard

Bacterial symbionts transition between plant pathogenicity and insect defensive mutualism more

Gut bacteria affect ageing

The life expectancy of older fish is extended if their gut is colonized with the microorganisms of younger fish. more

Sunken logs serve as habitats in the deep sea

Organisms from the nutrient-deficient deep sea depend on wood as source of energy more

Bodyguards in the gut have a chemical weapon

Symbiotic bacteria produce antibiotics to clear harmful pathogens from the gut of caterpillars more

A virus as a symbiosis partner

The mavirus provides single-celled organisms with immunity against a giant virus more

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On a research voyage with the 'Meteor'

Scientists discover newe hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic more

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