Deceptively Simple: Minute Marine Animals and Microbial Dark Matter
A team of scientists, including CALS’s Manuel Kleiner, has discovered that tiny marine animals known as Trichoplax live in a sophisticated symbiosis with two types of bacteria. Their study appeared recently in the journal Nature Microbiology.
Crop Resilience is Focus of New Interdisciplinary Research
Research suggests that microbes in the soil, roots and leaves have important impacts on plant health and productivity. Now, new interdisciplinary research at North Carolina State University and three Danish universities will examine the roles of plant-associated microbes and their interactions with plants. The goal is to help make crops more resilient against environmental stresses…
New Computer Program Aims to Reduce DNA Contamination in Microbial Samples
A new, open-source software package created by researchers at NC State and Stanford could help reduce contamination in microbial samples.
Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities Cluster Faculty Receive Grant Funding
Nathan Crook and Manuel Kleiner recently received funding from the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC). Crook and Kleiner are members of the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster in NC State’s Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program.
What Do Microbes in the Gut Eat?
NC State scientist studies the diet of bacteria and other organisms that inhabit the intestinal tract as he develops knowledge and technology aimed at improving health.
Intestinal Virus Study Shows Major Changes Associated With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Study comparing healthy and diseased mouse intestinal tracts shows some unexpected changes in viral communities.
Researchers Devise New Way to Discern What Microbes Eat
A new technique helps researchers take a more in-depth look at the metabolism and physiology within microbial communities and provides a more direct way to determine what food source a certain microbe has consumed.
Making Advancements in Microbiome Analysis
Researchers have been slow to embrace new tools which now make it possible to analyze microbiomes using exact DNA sequences without being overwhelmed by errors. Benjamin Callahan, associate professor Department of Population Health and Pathobiology and member of the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster, explains how this resistance is holding science back in an article for The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology.
More Than a Numbers Game: New Technique Gauges Microbial Communities by Biomass
New technique allows researchers to get a more in-depth view of microbial communities.