Tag: Microbiology

Eat Plastic? Don’t Mind if I Do!

Humans do not find plastic bottles tasty. Try as we might, ingestion and digestion of an Auquafina bottle makes for a bad dinner. On the other hand, some bacteria see plastic bottles as a delicacy.

Drug Resistance 1-2-3

Drug Resistance 1-2-3

Recently, I read an article in The Atlantic by Ed Yong, an experienced science writer whom I admire. In this article, Mr. Yong describes a study commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, designed to probe the public’s understanding of drug resistant infections. The conclusions of the…

Underfoot, but not to be underrated: how tiny soil creatures influence survival, growth, and communication of plants

Underfoot, but not to be underrated: how tiny soil creatures influence survival, growth, and communication of plants

Traditionally, plant ecologists seeking to better understand plant communities looked up (at light availability or precipitation patterns), across the landscape (at elevation or topography), and down (at leaf litter depth or soil moisture). More recently, however, they’re starting to look below.