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January 11, 2014
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UCLA life scientists, colleagues differentiate microbial good and evil

To safely use bacteria in agriculture to help fertilize crops, it is vital to understand the difference between harmful and healthy strains. The bacterial genus Burkholderia, for example, includes dangerous disease-causing pathogens — one species has even been listed as … Continue reading

October 7, 2013
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Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple

A unique housing arrangement between a specific group of tree species and a carbo-loading bacteria may determine how well tropical forests can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a Princeton University-based study. The findings suggest that the role … Continue reading

February 27, 2013
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A Dual Look at Photosystem II Using the World’s Most Powerful X-Ray Laser

Berkeley Lab and SLAC Researchers Demonstrate Room Temperature Simultaneous Diffraction/Spectroscopy of Metalloenzymes From providing living cells with energy, to nitrogen fixation, to the splitting of water molecules, the catalytic activities of metalloenzymes – proteins that contain a metal ion – … Continue reading

November 22, 2011
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A Tailored Pair of Genes

*For ancient plants, two genes were definitely better than one* In the wake of the disaster that killed the dinosaurs, the ancestors of today’s crop plants reinvented themselves. They doubled their genomes, and in that single act set the stage … Continue reading

October 7, 2010
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Too Much of a Good Thing: Human Activities Overload Ecosystems with Nitrogen

*Resulting ecological damage is serious, but could be reduced by wider use of more sustainable, time-honored practices* Humans are overloading ecosystems with nitrogen through the burning of fossil fuels and an increase in nitrogen-producing industrial and agricultural activities, according to … Continue reading