High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish

A new study sheds light on the magnitude of microplastic pollution in our oceans. The study, published today in open-access journal Frontiers in Marine Science, found microplastics in the stomachs of nearly three out of every ...

The role of microorganisms in industrial gold processing

Special 'nugget-producing' bacteria may hold the key to more efficient processing of gold ore, mine tailings and recycled electronics, as well as aid in exploration for new deposits, University of Adelaide research has shown.

Evaluating the cost of accuracy of sequencing approaches

Researchers use synthetic and natural microbial lake communities to compare the microbial community profiles generated from high throughput short-read sequencing and high throughput long-read sequencing approaches.

Subsurface discovery sprouts a new branch on the tree of life

Bacteria are enigmatic by nature, minuscule but staggeringly—sometimes alarmingly—ubiquitous. As critical drivers of everything from global biogeochemical cycles to million dollar industries, they are the little cogs ...

A database of enzyme diversity

Scientists have a constructed a new database of the diversity in an enzyme that is used by microorganisms to metabolize sulfur.

Report on viruses looks beyond disease

In contrast to their negative reputation as disease causing agents, some viruses can perform crucial biological and evolutionary functions that help to shape the world we live in today, according to a new report by the American ...

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