News tagged with microbes

Keeping pace with plant pathogens

In the battle between diseases and plants—constant, changing and centuries old—scientists and farmers usually arm themselves through classical breeding, crossing varieties in the hopes of eventually reaching disease resistance. ...

dateAug 16, 2013 in Biotechnology
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One crop, two ways, multiple benefits

Nitrogen fixation is one of the best examples of cooperation in nature. Soil microbes - naturally occurring bacteria in the soil - work with plants to pull nitrogen from the air. They turn the nitrogen into a form the plant ...

dateJan 06, 2016 in Environment
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A living desert underground

Hidden underneath the hilly grasslands studded with ocotillos and mesquite trees in southeastern Arizona lies a world shrouded in perpetual darkness: Kartchner Caverns, a limestone cave system renowned for its untouched cave ...

dateNov 20, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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