Light-up bacteria fend off competitors to live inside this squid

New research sheds light on the genetic mechanisms behind how bioluminescent bacteria compete to live symbiotically with the Hawaiian bobtail squid.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria light science-and-technology symbiosis squid

Pine forests could lose vast amounts of ‘friendly’ fungi

"In terms of ecosystem function, particularly buffering the atmosphere against climate change, ectomycorrhizal fungi are among the last microbes you want to lose."

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change trees forests fungus earth-and-environment symbiosis

How the glowing bacteria in squid fight it out

Hawaiian bobtail squid owe their luminescence to bacteria they acquire from the environment. Genetic analysis clarifies how this symbiosis works.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 16, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria genes genomes science-and-technology symbiosis squid

Tiny bottom-dwellers keep coral reefs healthy

"These fish are like candy. They are tiny, colorful bundles of energy that get eaten...by any coral reef organism that can bite, grab, or slurp them up."

U. Washington • futurity
June 5, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: fish coral-reefs featured earth-and-environment symbiosis

Maps reveal symbiosis in the world’s forests

New maps document the symbiotic relationships among trees, fungi, and bacteria in the world's forests.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
May 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change bacteria trees fungi maps earth-and-environment symbiosis

Why elephants munch more acacia in cool weather

New research shows how temperature can affect the symbiotic relationship between ants and trees on the African savanna.

Gigi Marino-Florida • futurity
May 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: insects trees plants ants elephants earth-and-environment savanna symbiosis

Squid shed light on how bacteria-filled organs evolved

There may have been many evolutionary paths in the development of organs that host useful bacteria.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 4, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: evolution genes microbes science-and-technology symbiosis octopus

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