Archives for category: Viruses, bacteria, fungi & yeasts

It looks like the SARS virus originated in Chinese horseshoe bats and was passed on through bat-to-human contact – that’s one for you, Count Dracula!


Scientists are printing 3D structures using bacteria and gelatin instead of plastics to help to understand how bacteria grow.

Nearly 200 fungi live on your feet, and their favourite place is on your heel.

A Facebook game could help scientists find out how to protect ash trees from ash dieback, caused by infection with the Chalara fraxinea fungus.

People who have a variant of the gene IFITM3 means that they get flu symptoms more severely, and this form of the gene is more common in China.

Read the original paper in Nature Communications.

According to the Argonne National Laboratory, there are about one trillion quintillion microbial cells on this planet, which is more than there are stars in the known universe.

Well not quite, but brewmaster John Maier, of Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon, has brewed (what sounds like rather good) beer using wild strains of brewers yeast (Saccharomyces) isolated from his beard.

Some of the Olympic venue sites have been cleaned up using bioremediation as part of one of the world’s largest brownfield regeneration projects. Brownfield sites are previous industrial sites and include the Aquatic Centre, where the ground was contaminated with lubricating oil. The process used indigenous microbes to aerobically biodegrade the oil, supported with REGENESIS’ Advanced Oxygen Release Compound, which released oxygen over 12 months.

Olympic Games 27 July – 12 August

Many animals can match and beat humans in track and field events. For example, the 5 cm hat thrower fungus can throw a spore capsule 2 m away.

Olympic Games 27 July – 12 August

Bacteria, fungi and primitive organisms (archaea) living on rocky soils on volcanoes in South America seem to convert energy from gases such as carbon monoxide and dimethyl sulfide rather than using known processes like photosynthesis.

Read the abstract in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences.

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