Another climate-related story: Cyanobacteria infected by viruses continue taking up nutrients from their environment, using it to make more viruses than would otherwise be possible!
Microbe of the episode
Microbe of the episode: Microcystis virus Ma-LMM01
In this study, phages infecting photosynthetic ocean bacteria were able to continue their host's uptake of nitrogen from the environment even after mostly shutting down the host's own protein production and growth. This has implications for how viruses affect carbon cycling by cyanobacteria and how quickly populations of these bacteria may grow or die off.
Other interesting stories
- Transplants of gut microbes help koalas eat wider range of food
- Skin bacteria can help attract (or repulse) mosquitoes (paper)