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Tiny droplets allow bacteria to survive daytime dryness on leaves

Microscopic droplets on the surface of leaves give refuge to bacteria that otherwise may not survive during the dry daytime, according to a new study published today in eLife.

4 hours ago from Phys.org

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Protein that triggers plant defences to light stress identified

A newly discovered protein turns on plants' cellular defence to excessive light and other stress factors caused by a changing climate, according to a new study published in eLife.

4 hours ago from Phys.org

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Mussels harbor strains of bacteria in their gills, keeping them prepared for environmental changes

Deep-sea mussels, which rely on cooperative symbiotic bacteria for their food, harbor a surprisingly high diversity of these bacterial "cooks": Up to 16 different bacterial strains live in the ...

10 hours ago from Phys.org

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Study reveals how mucus tames microbes

More than 200 square meters of our bodies—including the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary tract—are lined with mucus. In recent years, scientists have found some evidence that mucus is not ...

Mon 14 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Unlocking the biochemical treasure chest within microbes

Secondary metabolites—the compounds produced by microbes to mediate internal and external messaging, self-defense, and chemical warfare—are the basis for hundreds of invaluable agricultural, ...

Mon 14 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Bacteria contradict Darwin: Survival of the friendliest

New microbial research at the University of Copenhagen suggests that 'survival of the friendliest' outweighs 'survival of the fittest' for groups of bacteria. Bacteria make space for one another ...

Fri 11 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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A reliable clock for your microbiome

For all the attention the human microbiome has been getting over the last few years, one aspect of such research rarely makes headlines: the difficulty of observing how it changes over time ...

Fri 11 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Carnivorous plant study captures universal rules of leaf making

Leaves display a remarkable range of forms from flat sheets with simple outlines to the cup-shaped traps found in carnivorous plants.

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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A Lego-like approach to improve nature's own ability to kill dangerous bacteria

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers antibiotic resistance one of the most urgent public health threats, one that affects communities worldwide. The ramifications of bacteria's ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Plant death may reveal genetic mechanisms underlying cell self-destruction

Hybrid plants—those produced by crossing two different types of parents—often die in conditions in which both parents would survive. It's called hybrid lethality. Certain hybrid tobacco plants, ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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