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As temperatures melt the arctic permafrost, thawing billions of bacteria in the soil, the microbes wake up hungry and begin eating all the carbon in sight, accelerating the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
These results were published in Nature Climate Change this week, following one of the first field studies of its kind.
Ted Schuur, professor of ecosystem ecology, ran the field study in Alaska and worked collaboratively with a team of researchers.
“We found as soon as the… Read more
A closer look at microbes reveals there is big business going on in their very small world, and sometimes we are part of the transaction.
An international team of researchers, including Northern Arizona University scientist Nancy Collins Johnson, argue in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that microbes, like many animals, can evolve into savvy traders, selling high and buying low.
“Although hidden from the naked eye, microorganisms are active in complex networks of trade, swapping nutrients, hoarding… Read more