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Who controls whom: Algae or sea anemone?

November 14, 2019

Bleached anemones—those lacking symbiotic algae—do not move toward light, a behaviour exhibited by healthy, symbiotic anemones. Published in…
Scientists decode DNA of coral and all its microscopic supporters

September 24, 2019

Scientists have seen for the first time how corals collaborate with other microscopic life to build and grow.…
Genetic redundancy aids competition among symbiotic bacteria in squid

August 27, 2019

The molecular mechanism used by many bacteria to kill neighboring cells has redundancy built into its genetic makeup,…
Genetic redundancy aids competition among bacteria in symbiosis with squid

August 20, 2019

The molecular mechanism used by many bacteria to kill neighboring cells has redundancy built into its genetic makeup,…
Scientists identified a new signaling component important for plant symbiosis

August 5, 2019

A proteomics-based protein-protein interaction study has led to the discovery of proteins that interact with a legume receptor…
ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops

July 23, 2019

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the specific…
Timing is everything for the mutualistic relationship between ants and acacias

July 16, 2019

In the 1960s, Penn biologist Dan Janzen, as part of earning his Ph.D., re-described what has become a…
Sampling for Kentrophoros in Elba, Italy and Nivå, Denmark. Image credit: MPI for Marine Microbiology/ Brandon Seah (left), Silke Wetzel (right)
Bacterium turns waste into food

July 3, 2019

Kentron, a bacterial symbiont of ciliates, turns cellular waste products into biomass. It is the first known sulfur-oxidizing…
Investigating coral and algal “matchmaking” at the cellular level

June 20, 2019

What factors govern algae’s success as “tenants” of their coral hosts both under optimal conditions and when oceanic…
One of the simplest animals live in symbiosis with bacteria

June 11, 2019

According to scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen and the University of Hawaii Trichoplax,…
Researchers map symbiotic relationships between trees and microbes worldwide

May 17, 2019

In and around the tangled roots of the forest floor, fungi and bacteria grow with trees, exchanging nutrients…
How charming squid and glowing bacteria make a match in Hawaiian waters

May 10, 2019

Imagine you’re a plucky, golf ball-sized squid swimming in the clear blue ocean on a moonlit night. Your…
These Beetles Have Successfully Freeloaded for 100 Million Years

April 18, 2019

Almost 100 million years ago, a tiny and misfortunate beetle died after wandering into a sticky glob of…
Symbiosis in the Genes

January 24, 2019

An animal’s evolution is not only a matter of adapting to external conditions, or what’s “out there.” Oftentimes,…
A Little Squid Sheds Light on Evolution with Bacteria

January 8, 2019

Bacteria, which are vital for the health of all animals, also played a major role in the evolution…
Swapping Bacteria May Help ‘Nemo’ Fish Cohabitate with Fish-Killing Anemones

December 13, 2018

Nemo, the adorable clownfish in the movie Finding Nemo, rubs himself all over the anemone he lives in to keep…
Symbiosis of burying beetles

October 17, 2018

The burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides buries the cadavers of small animals in soil to use them as a food source…
A fungus-farming ant is covered in white symbiotic bacteria, which the ant relies on to produce antibiotics to protect its garden from a parasitic fungus. Image credit: Alex Wild/University of Wisconsin-Madison
Set in amber, fossil ants help reconstruct evolution of fungus farming

October 3, 2018

Some 50 million years before humans figured it out, agriculture arrived in the world in a seemingly unlikely…
Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since ‘age of dinosaurs’

August 24, 2018

Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous climate change events in their long history, and at least some are likely…
Genetics shed light on symbiosis of anglerfish and glowing bacteria

July 18, 2018

Anglerfish live most of their lives in total darkness more than 1,000 meters below the ocean surface. Female…
Not so primitive – scientists found that amoebas can be quite savvy investors

May 11, 2018

Microbes are very primitive – everyone knows that. However, their communities have managed to survive through millions of…
Another danger sign for coral reefs: Substitute symbiont falls short

November 22, 2017

For reef-building corals, not just any symbiotic algae will do, new research shows. The findings are important because…
A virus as a symbiosis partner

December 13, 2016

All organisms ─ big or small ─ are under constant attack by a multitude of viruses. As a…
Large-scale study reveals new insights into coral and symbiotic algae partnership

November 8, 2016

A large-scale study of Caribbean coral has yielded discoveries on the pairing process between an endangered coral and…
Ancient symbiosis points to possible whitefly controls

July 1, 2016

Uncovering the details of a 100 million-year-old symbiosis between bacteria and whiteflies opens the door for controlling an…
Some bacteria love their foes

June 11, 2016

Day in, day out, in the smallest of spaces with your greatest enemy. Sounds unbearable? In the world…
Crayfish and their worms evolve in unison

May 25, 2016

Climate change could be affecting Australian spiny mountain crayfish and the animals that live on them, according to…
Symbiosis with partner exchange

March 15, 2016

If your favourite pub moves – would you move too or look for another pub? For bacteria living…
Researchers uncover core set of genes for plant-fungal symbiosis

January 22, 2016

A new study by researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) has uncovered a veritable trove of genes used…
Researchers find core genes for plant-fungal symbiosis

January 20, 2016

A new study by researchers at the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) has uncovered a veritable trove of…
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