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Zombie-like microbes could impact climate change

Which species may be most adept to climate change? The answer could very well be microbes. The microscopic critters do something that no other living thing is capable of: long term dormancy. As Jay Lennon from Michigan State University explains in his latest paper, “Microbial seed banks: the ecological and evolutionary implications of dormancy” in Nature Reviews: Microbiology, when the going gets rough, microbes can just check out and wait for better times. “There’s this transition... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on February 2, 2011 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists

Microbial pump

The journal Science has devoted an entire issue to exploring the way the oceans are rapidly transforming in response to climate change and other factors. It’s worth taking a peek into this extensive sweep of research; the oceans, after all, account for 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and are the least explored part of the globe. I’ll be looking at a number of the papers published in the issue largely because of the growing sense I’ve felt from an accumulation of news stories... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on June 23, 2010 No Comments »
Category : The Oceans

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