Researchers dish the dirt on soil microbes

phys.org | May 17, 2019

Soil microbes are wild, unpampered and uncultured. But to understand their ecology, don't look in laboratory cultures, look in the soil. That's exactly what Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) scientists did. Relationships between microbial genes and performance are often evaluated in the lab in pure cultures, with little validation in nature. The team showed that genomic traits related to laboratory measurements of maximum growth potential failed to predict the growth rates of bacteria in real soil. "It's very difficult to measure microbial growth in situ," said LLNL's Jennifer Pett-Ridge, a co-author on a paper appearing in the ISME Journal. "But we use a new method developed by our collaborators in Bruce Hungate's lab at NAU, called quantitative stable isotope probing. It makes all the difference."

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Biotechnology is technology based on biology. Biotechnology is a new field of science that has recently sprung up in the 20th century but already has multiple different brances. Some of these branches include agriculture, biofuels, pharmaceuticals and bioethics. In this infographic you will learn more about these braches and the careers avalible in biotechnology today.

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