Microbiology (Biology and Medicine)

 

Symbiodolus bacteria in insects

Researchers describe a new endosymbiont that is widespread in insects more

Lucinid clams to the left and right of the Isthmus of Panama

Major environmental changes force symbiotic bacteria to develop new survival strategies more

Zombie cells in the sea

Viruses keep the most common marine bacteria in check more

Termite symbiosis in transition

Genetic analyses show how the metabolic capacities of symbiotic bacteria in the gut of termites have changed over the course of evolution more

Rhizobial bacterium helps diatom to bind nitrogen

Newly discovered symbiosis probably plays a major role in marine nitrogen fixation more

Cell division at record speed

Researchers developed a new variant of the fast-growing bacterium Vibrio natriegens more

Extracellular vesicles

Some archaea communicate with each other with the help of RNA molecules more

Adaptation through symbiosis

For 62 million years, leaf beetles receive a metabolic boost from their bacterial symbionts more

Don’t overeat

How archaea toggle the nitrogen-uptake switch more

Exploding kamikaze bacteria

"Soldier" bacteria filled with toxins sacrifice themselves for the benefit of their conspecifics, giving them pathogenic properties more

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Zombie cells in the sea

Viruses keep the most common marine bacteria in check more

Termite symbiosis in transition

Genetic analyses show how the metabolic capacities of symbiotic bacteria in the gut of termites have changed over the course of evolution more

Rhizobial bacterium helps diatom to bind nitrogen

Newly discovered symbiosis probably plays a major role in marine nitrogen fixation more

Exploding kamikaze bacteria

"Soldier" bacteria filled with toxins sacrifice themselves for the benefit of their conspecifics, giving them pathogenic properties more

Cryo-em images of a flagellum filament by Michael Bell (second author)

New insight into how harmless gut bacteria avoid triggering inflammation 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

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

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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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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