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The Carbon Cycle is a War Without End
Scientists have uncovered a war in the oceans that has been going on for hundreds of millions of years. The battle is between SAR11 bacterium and the Pelagiphage viruses that infect them, and the results of this microscopic war have profound effects on Earth's carbon cycle.
Did Ancient Ecosystems Work Like Modern Ones?
A new study is helping scientists understand whether or not the relationship between animals and lush vegetation was the same in ancient ecosystems as it is today.
Do Palm Trees Hold the Key to Immortality?
A new study shows that the unique cellular structure and function of palm trees may contribute to their long life-span.
Bacteria Needed to Make Fertile Soil
A new study shows that dead bacteria are important in soils because their biomass is converted to organic soil components.
Microbes that Fight Greenhouse Gases
Nitrous oxide is released into the atmosphere could cause more damage to Earth's environment than carbon dioxide. Luckily, a previously unknown army of microorganisms helps transform the nitrous oxide into harmless nitrogen gas.
Methane and Marine Microbes
Scientists have discovered a single Archaea that can perform marine methane oxidation coupled to sulfate respiration. Previously, it was thought that Archaea carried out this process in colaboration with a bacterium.
A Mass Extinction's Lessons for the Modern World
A new study suggests that the structure of ecosystems in North America increased the severity of the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Evidence for Ancient Life Throughout the Land
New research suggests that Earth's early microbes may have been widespread on land, despite the fact that the ozone layer had not yet formed.
Bacteria are Social Creatures
New research has revealed that bacteria can have social structures similar to plants and animals. The study provides new insight into mechanisms that could effect the evolution of life on Earth.
Weird Microbe Chemistry Releases Methane from the Ocean
Scientists have discovered "weird chemistry" practiced by the most abundant microbes on the planet, and could be responsible for up to 4 percent of the methane on Earth.
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