First episode of a climate-related arc! Considering microorganisms is important when predicting the amount of carbon coming from soil as temperature increases!
Microbe of the episode
Microbe of the episode: Streptomyces virus Zemlya
There has long been observed a relationship between ambient temperatures and this respiration in soil, such that more heat means more activity and more gases released from the soil, but today's study found that the microbial biomass in a given piece of land can have a big effect on the temperature/respiration relationship.
Other interesting stories
- Phosphate-solubilizing bacteria could help replace fertilizer for plants (paper)
- Ciliate protists have bacterial microbiomes too