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The detoxifying effect of microbes

Heavy metals and other toxins frequently contaminate food and water. The culprits read like a litany of bad actors—lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, chromium—but their numbers run into the thousands. Microbes have long ...

dateSep 20, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Viruses could be the key to healthy corals

Corals are an invaluable part of the marine ecosystem, fostering biodiversity and protecting coastlines. But they're also increasingly endangered. Pathogenic bacteria, along with pollution and harmful fishing practices, are ...

dateAug 30, 2012 in Ecology
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How much nitrogen is fixed in the ocean?

In order to predict how the Earth's climate develops scientists have to know which gases and trace elements are naturally bound and released by the ocean and in which quantities. For nitrogen, an essential element for the ...

dateAug 10, 2012 in Environment
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Bacterial community inside the plant root

( -- Soil is the most species-rich microbial ecosystem in the world. From this incredible diversity, plants specifically choose certain species, give them access to the root and so host a unique, carefully selected ...

dateAug 03, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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