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Tuckerton Adopts Resolution to Study Back Bay Mitigation
Stafford Mayor John Spodofora noted that sea level is rising and many of the small islands that lie between Long Beach Island and the mainland are inundated with flood waters more often than in the past. He proposes to use the dredge material from lagoon communities to fill geotubes (long, sand-filled bags used to make sand dunes more stable) and attach them to the islands while they de-water, and then back fill with more dredge material and plant "phyto-remediation" vegetation that would remove any chemicals from the dredged mud.

Lone Pine Tribal Earth Day: 'Our Planet, Our Responsibility'
The Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation invites the community to participate in the Fifth Annual Lone Pine Tribal Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00AM-1:00PM at the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation Gymnasium located at 1145 E-Sha Lane. This year's theme: "Our Planet, Our Responsibility-We're in it Together"

Using tropical microbes to improve the environment
Dr Adeline Ting Su Yien and her colleagues at Monash University's School of Science are investigating the highly diverse genetic pool of tropical microbes for crop improvement; disease control in agriculture and in aquaculture; the removal of toxic metals and dyes from the environment; and accelerating waste recycling.

Food for microbes abundant on Enceladus
. . . the discovery makes Enceladus the top candidate for hosting life elsewhere in the solar system
Saturn's moon Enceladus might have the right elements to sustain Earth-like life

Biostimulants Clamor For A Piece Of The Row Crop Market

Asheville GreenWorks salutes those who protect area mountains, rivers
Asheville GreenWorks held its 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards event to recognize their outstanding work. Winners were chosen based on several factors, including effectiveness and innovation, but most of all, their impact on local social, economic and ecological conditions.

Land-based microbes, fungi are invading coral reefs

Enzyme structures illuminate mechanism behind bacteria's bioremediation prowess

Discovery of Mechanism behind bacteria's bioremediation prowess

Novamont to Reduce Impact of Waste Generated at the Giro d'Italia & Boost Recycling
Novamont is to provide materials and technical support to increase the environmental sustainability of this year's Giro d'Italia cycling race, reducing waste sent to landfill.
Italian bioplastics firm, Novamont, is to provide materials and technical support to increase the environmental sustainability of this year's Giro d'Italia cycling race, reducing waste sent to landfill
Novamont explained that its involvement in the "RIDE GREEN" project will lead to a significant reduction of unsorted waste and mitigate disposal in landfill, soil and air pollution as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

Marcopper dam leaks threaten townsfolk
Philippines - The leaks found at the abandoned Marcopper dam in Marinduque province have raised fears anew among townsfolk who might be forced to evacuate if threats to their health and security are not immediately addressed, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Group proposes artists' haven at former Redding wire mill
In the first phase, developers would use state and federal money to decontaminate the property with a method called phytoremediation, where plants could be used to clean the lead, zinc and other chemicals that have seeped into the soil.

Lead-Tainted Water Is A Big Problem In Pittsburgh. So Is Lead In The City's Soil

principle of phytoremediation: School to introduce novel way for mitigating water pollution
KOCHI: A novel initiative to battle the overpowering pollution levels by improvising traditional method of using Vetiver grass will be inaugurated on Friday at Perandoor Canal. The project named 'Jalam Jeevamrutham' was developed by a group of students and teachers of a school in the city.

Bio-remediation measures proposed at Brahmapuram
KOCHI: Bio-remediation measures may be experimented at Brahmapuram to clear unprocessed waste piled up on the campus. The ailing treatment plant has proved insufficient to treat waste, while a new waste-to-energy plant is yet to come up. Besides Kochi Corporation, a few neighbouring municipalities depend on the Brahmapuram plant for clearing waste. They also pay a processing fee to the Kochi Corporation for waste management. If it agrees to process accumulated waste, the schemes will not work for Kochi, officials said.

World Water Day: Ganga river gets an Intach hope to free itself from being awash in trash

Plant scientists to discuss latest UNH research
DURHAM—Researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station will discuss their latest research at the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses at a Research "Field Day" Friday, March 31.
The event, which will be held as part of the UNH Spring Greenhouse Open House, runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

HYDERABAD: As International Water Day approaches, state government authorities rather than just conducting 'awareness campaigns' can take a step in the direction of bioremediation, a technique of using plants for decontaminating polluted environment. The importance of this lies in the fact that half of the sewage water that is generated in Telangana ends up in rivers and lakes without getting treated and bioremediation is a cost effective way to treat waste water.

Clarence Mitchell Library to host science cafe FREEPORT—The Clarence Mitchell Library at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, will host "Science Café: Bioremediation Technologies and Implementation Strategies" at 1 p.m. March 29.

Why not use plants to clean our waste water?
Micro-organisms will help African farmers: Soil microbes to the rescue
Sorghum is the fifth most important cereal in the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, many farmers rely on this grain for food and feed. But Striga, a parasitic weed, can have a devastating impact on crop yield. With an 8-million-dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an international team will now explore the potential of soil microbes to offer crop protection. The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is coordinating this 5-year project.

Pennsylvania Greenlights 16 Industrial Hemp Research Projects

Ten Cool Facts About Hemp From the NoCo Expo
1. Hemp enriches the soil where it's grown.
2. Hemp absorbs toxic metals.
3. It wasn't always banned.

A Dozen PA Entities Approved for Hemp Research Pilot Program
The state launched a new Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program in December 2016 and is receiving quite an education on the various ways that hemp could benefit agriculture, phytoremediation, technology, nutrition and more.

Italian Farmers Are Using Hemp to Decontaminate Soil
Cannabis is getting a lot of applause these days as a beneficial medical treatment for a variety of different conditions. But now, our favourite plant is receiving mainstream attention for its ability to heal the earth.

Ag Department OKs Berks hemp research projects | Reading Eagle
Hemp, a crop that dominated Pennsylvania agriculture in the 18th century, took another step back to legitimacy since it was outlawed in the 1970s, with the approval of 16 research projects Thursday by the state Department of Agriculture.

Pa. industrial hemp projects get greenlight
The Pa. Department of Agriculture approved 16 research proposals this week that will seek to demonstrate the value and viability of industrial hemp cultivation in the state. The projects were approved under the new Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which the department launched in December.

Ag Department OKs Berks hemp research projects

Italian Farmers Are Using Hemp to Decontaminate Soil

Study on the biodegradation of crude oil by free and immobilized bacterial consortium in marine environment
Qingguo Chen, Jingjing Li, Mei Liu, Huiling Sun, Mutai Bao

Here's a list of toxic heavy metals (THM) that are virtually impossible not to take in: mercury, aluminum, copper, cadmium, nickel and lead. In some cities, there more culprits found in our tap water:

Manganese Arsenic Chromium 6 (hexavalent) Radon Chloroform

This cocktail may accumulate in your liver, gallbladder and/or intestines. Make no mistake these toxic heavy metals are poisonous and if not eliminated, they oxidize and their chemical runoff will mutate and damage any nearby cells.

However, the more insidious issue with heavy metals is that they are the prime food for bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites and worms. Our body and its tissues thus becomes a feeding ground for many strains of bacteria and viruses.

When these pathogens consume THM, they release a neuro-toxic gas that attaches itself to ammonia gas. This nightmare concoction permeates into our intestinal lining and so the pathway for inflammation is now driven by the friendship of ammonia permeability and THM. Once the lining of your gut is saturated by their expanding "colon"-ies, they directly poison by releasing neurotoxins and indirectly through their waste and toxic corpses. Yikes!

How to Remove Toxic Heavy Metals from Your Gut Nature is grand, she gives us hope. Here are a few powerful options for removing THM:

Cilantro: eat a half a cup of this herb, organic, raw, as-is, sprinkled in your salads or in your smoothies.

Parsley: eat a quarter cup a day, organic, raw, as-is sprinkled in your salads or in your smoothies.

Spirulina: in its powdered form it is the best for removing THM in your gut. Mix 1/4 teaspoon into water or your smoothie.

Garlic: eat 2 fresh cloves a day.

Red Clover Blossom: brew 2 tablespoons of these flower blossoms to make 2 cups of tea a day. More conveniently use tea bags: look for organic teas produced by reliable companies that use organic teabag components! I recommend Traditional Medicinals.

Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

The Lowly Wax Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

Researchers study if caterpillar holds key to plastic litter

Worms versus plastic
Polyethylene, the plastic that is toughest to be degraded, has met its match. The larvae of wax moth Galleria mellonella have been shown to degrade polyethylene into ethylene glycol at an unbelievably fast rate.
In a paper ("Polyethylene biodegradation by caterpillars of the wax moth Galleria mellonella") published on April 24 in the journal Current Biology, Federica Bertocchini from the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria, Spain, and her team found that worms kept in a polyethylene shopping bag formed holes in about 40 minutes. In about 12 hours, nearly 100 wax worms kept in the bag reduced the mass of plastic by 92 mg. About 2.2 holes were made per worm per hour.

Seychelles Proposes a Ban on Certain Plastics and Identifies Standards for Biodegradable Replacements

Plastic-Eating Fungi Found In Rubbish Heap A strain of fungi researchers found in a rubbish heap can break down plastic as it grows.

Synbio for bioremediation—fighting plastic pollution
At the beginning of 2016, however, a group of Japanese researchers identified a novel bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, that shows great promises as an alternative to the disposal of PET. The bacterium appears to be able to fully degrade the plastic, by feeding on it as its major energy and carbon source.

Letters to the Editor
Kudos to Francis' bioremediation work

Scientists Delve Into Neanderthal Dental Plaque to Understand How They Lived and Ate
The plaque that coated Neanderthal teeth is shedding new light on how our ancestors ate, self-medicated and interacted with humans
Neanderthal behaviour, diet, and disease inferred from ancient DNA in dental calculus
Prehistoric 'Aspirin' Found in Sick Neanderthal's Teeth
Evidence of pain-killers is just one intriguing detail pulled from a closer look at the DNA in ancient tooth plaque.
Neanderthal Dental Plaque Shows What a Paleo Diet Really Looks Like
Some ate woolly rhinos; some were vegetarians.
Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarian—And They Likely Kissed Our Human Ancestors
Neanderthal microbes reveal surprises about what they ate—and whom they kissed

FDA digests Ritter's mid-stage microbiome data

Microbes Set the Stage for First Animals

Scientists identify 3 microbes found on your mobile phones
How Bugs Make Smart Homes In Your Smartphones, Pune Scientists Found
Pune scientists discover 3 new microbes that grow on mobile screens
Pune scientists discover three new microbes that grew on cellphone screens
Counting microbes on a smartphone

Oil cleanup agreement opens path to North Spokane freeway through Hillyard
Wallace said the railroad will be allowed to use a bioremediation method in which air circulates into the ground from wells to stimulate bacteria to chew up the oil. The oil is 170 feet below ground, resting on top of the region's aquifer—the city's source of drinking water.
Deepest Life on Earth May Be Lurking 6 Miles Beneath Ocean Floor
These May Be the Deepest Traces of Life on Earth

Meet the obscure microbe that influences climate, ocean ecosystems, and perhaps even evolution
Penny Chisholm has had a 35-year love affair—with a microbe. For her, it's been the perfect partner—elusive during courting, a source of intellectual fulfillment, and still full of mystery decades after their introduction during an ocean cruise.
The microbe's long climb to recognition mirrors Chisholm's own.

Microbiome- Competitive Landscape, Technology andPipeline Analysis, 2017
London - DelveInsight's, "Microbiome-Competitive Landscape, Technology and Pipeline Analysis, 2017", report provides comprehensive insights about pipeline drugs across this class. A key objective of the report is to establish the understanding for all the pipeline drugs that fall under Microbiome.

The expanding ecosystem of microbiome startups

CT-based Azitra has raised close to $3 million in a Series A designed to fuel its research on microbiome therapies for the skin. Seeded by Peter Thiel's Breakout Labs, the company identified a strain of bacteria that can be used in lotions to treat conditions like eczema and staph infections. Bios Partners led the round. "The current approach of only addressing a disease's symptoms alone is ineffective, and the microbiome is a nascent area of groundbreaking science that has enormous potential," said Azitra co-founder Travis Whitfill. "That's why we were passionate about launching a commercial organization that harnesses the power of the skin's own microbiome to develop a new kind of dermatology treatment. Such treatments are potentially safer, more highly targeted, and work better with fewer side effects than what's currently available for often intractable conditions."

Unbalanced Skin Microbiome May Be Key to Acne Development, Study Finds

Finch, Takeda to Jointly Develop Microbiome Therapeutic for Ulcerative Colitis

Gut microbes contribute to age-associated inflammation, mouse study shows

Skin disease biotech Azitra closes $2.9M Series A for microbiome work

Finch Therapeutics, Takeda ink new microbiome GI collab
Microbiome biotech Finch Therapeutics has signed a pact with perennial U.S. life sciences dealmaker Takeda to jointly work on FIN-524, a microbial cocktail for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Gaining weight? Time to balance your microbiome
The only way to deal with this toxic overload is to assist the body's natural self-cleansing mechanisms with detoxing. One way you can start detoxing today is by supporting your gut microbiome, the place where more than 70% of your immune system lives.

Microbiome, inflammation on the Ingredion radar
Rising obesity rates in Asia, rising interest in the microbiome and the connection between food intake and inflammation are among topics on the radar screen at Westchester, Ill.-based Ingredion, said James P. Zallie, executive vice-president, Global Specialties and president, Americas, and Jorgen Kokke, senior vice-president and president, Asia Pacific and EMEA. The executives spoke with Milling & Baking News during the 2017 Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in late February at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton.

Gut Check: Scientists are Wary of At-Home Microbiome Tests -
New services that sequence the bacteria in your digestive tract can provide only limited information for now.

Achievements of the Human Microbiome Project

Microbiome: The Inside Story
Recently, it has become apparent that our DNA "does not tell the whole story of our individuality and other factors, environmental factors, play an important role in human health and disease," researchers concluded. We can thank two revolutions in biology for this revelation. First, there was epigenetics, where diet and lifestyle changes have been shown to turn genes on and off. Second was our unfolding understanding of our microbiome—that is, how changes in our gut flora "appear to impact greatly on human biology."

Finnish study connects infants' intestinal microbes to childhood diabetes

Microbes could make drug production more efficient

Microbes evolved to colonize different parts of the human body: Geology software used to measure relative abundance of bugs

Microbiome Analysis

Microbiome and Disease
However, most microbes do not cause ill health and the more researchers learn about them, the more is understood about how important the balance of different microbial populations is within the context of health and disease. Imbalance of the microbial populations can lead to health problems and correcting that imbalance may resolve such problems.

Microbiome: Yeast worsens gut disorder
Gut bacteria are known to influence intestinal disease, but the role of gut fungi—such as the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae(pictured) has not been well studied. June Round and her colleagues at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City fed mice with S. cerevisiae, then chemically induced gut inflammation, or colitis. Mice that were given the yeast produced more uric acid and had more gut inflammation than untreated animals did. The team found that the yeast increased the intestinal wall's degradation of molecules called purines, leading to higher uric acid levels. Treating the animals with allopurinol, an inhibitor of purine metabolism, eased the colitis.

Connection between gut microorganisms and Parkinson's disease
The term microbiome refers to the microorganisms found in a particular niche. In the human body this pattern, if it becomes atypical, is associated with differences in terms of human health and disease. In recent years, following the work carried out as part of the Human Microbiome Project, medical knowledge of the diverse span of microbial species within and across the human body has been significantly enhanced. This has provided valuable insight into prevalence of indigenous opportunistic pathogens and how these shape health and disease.

Microbiome diversity is influenced by chance encounters
Study finds a role for randomness in the composition of the gut's microbe populations.
MIT researchers found that when they put genetically identical worms into identical environments and fed them the same diet, the worms developed very different populations of bacteria in their gut, depending on which bacteria happened to make it there first.

The Gut Microbiome: Your Personal Fingerprint
Video: Unlocking the mystery of chronic issues like poor gut health and brain fog might be easier than you think. Dr. Elena Villanueva of Infinity Wellness Center joined us in the studio to tell us more about how they can help patients with these issues.

Scientists unlock microbiome's secrets
Collaborations produce unexpected research on role of bacteria in disease
A postdoctoral scholar in neurobiology, Minter and his advisor, Prof. Sangram Sisodia, wanted to take their Alzheimer's research in an unexpected direction, exploring the link between bacteria in the digestive system and brain health. The resulting study broke new ground: It showed that a long-term course of antibiotics in mice weakened some of the telltale symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in the brain, while at the same time producing marked changes in the makeup of their gut bacteria.

Madison microbiome research aims to help health, environment
From diabetes, asthma and tooth decay to lake algae, dairy production and panda reproduction, UW-Madison researchers are studying how tiny bugs in our guts, our mouths and a variety of ecosystems help or harm.
A new initiative on campus will award up to $1 million in grants to scientists who study microbiomes—communities of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms that live in humans, other animals and the environment, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
UW-Madison scientists seek to improve health, environment with microbiome research

Human Microbiome Market Set to Surge Significantly by 2020—Persistence Market Research
Trillions of microorganisms live in and on the human body. This collection of microorganisms is called human microbiome. These microorganisms include fungi, bacteria and archaea. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies has allowed for more comprehensive examination of these microorganisms and evolved intimate relationships with their hosts. Scientists and researchers recognized that the microbiome is responsible for metabolic and developmental processes, such as food digestion, vitamin synthesis and brain function, of the human body.

$899.1 Million Human Microbiome Market by Indication, Application, Product, Product Research & Technology Research - Global Forecast to 2025 - Research and Markets
The global human microbiome market is estimated to reach USD 899.1 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 21.1% during the forecast period (2022-2025).

Dawkins' fabled cooperative gene discovered in microbes
Geneticists from the Universities of Manchester and Bath are celebrating the discovery of the elusive 'greenbeard gene' that helps explain why organisms are more likely to cooperate with some individuals than others

In situ remediation could revitalize hazardous waste sites
In situ remediation utilizes emerging technologies to insert various natural or mechanical elements into groundwater or contaminated soil. The specific strategy employed depends on both the particular pollutants involved and the physical characteristics of the site.

Groundwater Contamination Cleanup Underway
"We are trying to do a remediation project and clean up the PC plume that's originating in Downtown Casper and traveling northeast towards the river," said Matt Buccholz, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality senior project manager.

Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish's Lives
Recolonizing middle-aged animals with bacteria from younger ones kept killifish alive longer than usual, researchers report.

Researchers uncover clue about how tiny microbes self-mutate

How a beneficial gut microbe adapted to breast milk

Enzyme structures illuminate mechanism behind bacteria's bioremediation prowess

Planktonic microbes fire projectiles at their enemies, research shows

Roadkill Microbes Could Fight Yeast Infections

Biological Restoration of water and land
Certain microbes, bacteria, fungi, and plants can remove or metabolise pollutants in soil or water, including assisting in the removal of industrial chemicals, petroleum products, and pesticides. Some compounds—certain heavy metals, such as cadmium or lead, for example—resist bioremediation. However, some studies have found that fish bone and bone char can remove small amounts of lead, cadmium, copper, and zinc from soils.
A healthy ecosystem is, in itself, a bioremedial network of organisms, processing each others' wastes, and this process can be enhanced by design. Purely organic systems include bioswales, plant buffers, and biofilters regulated by microorganisms.

Removing the pollutants
UAF research focuses on the use of microbes to eradicate spilled hydrocarbons

Friends of Powow River looks into bioremediation

Environmental Remediation Market by Environmental Medium (Soil & Groundwater), Technology (Bioremediation, Pump & Treat, Soil Vapor Extraction, Thermal Treatment, Soil Washing), Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022

Ocean microbes making global warming worse
Microbes are generating a vast pool of marine methane that is contributing to global warming, scientists have confirmed.

West Virginia Water Microbes Altered by Gas and Oil Spills (fracking)
Oil and gas wastewater spills alter microbes in West Virginia waters
Rutgers' Nicole Fahrenfeld leads research documenting impacts in stream water and sediments from a wastewater disposal facility
Wastewater from oil and gas operations—including fracking for shale gas—at a West Virginia site altered microbes downstream, according to a new study. The study showed that wastewater releases, including briny water that contained petroleum and other pollutants, altered the diversity, numbers and functions of microbes. The shifts in the microbial community indicated changes in their respiration and nutrient cycling, along with signs of stress.

Local reps 'hopeful' after first meeting of crude advisory council
The council was established in the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Act in 2016, and is required to examine and make recommendations regarding existing regulations and policies of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and to assist with new policy impacting the conventional oil and gas industry.

Microbes that may be between 10,000 and 50,000 years old have been revived from the inside of enormous, glittering crystals from a Mexican cave.
Scientists find 50,000-year-old microbes in Mexican caves
Microbes in glittering cave revived after 10,000 years, scientists say
Giant cave crystals may be home to 50,000-year-old microbes
Finding hints that life might survive similarly extreme conditions on other planets

New metalloid oxide reducing bacteria found in Manitoba's Nopiming gold mine tailings
Researchers have identified new toxic metalloid-reducing bacteria in highly polluted abandoned gold mine tailings in Manitoba's Nopiming Provincial Park. Uncovering new bacteria with high resistance to toxic waste in Canada's extreme environments has potential to contribute to future bioremediation technologies.

A Probiotic Skin Cream Made With a Person's Own Microbes
A new approach to treating eczema harnesses the defensive bacteria that already live on us. . . .
S. aureus is a common part of the skin microbiome. But it's particularly abundant on people who suffer from eczema, and especially on the dry, itchy, inflamed patches that characterize the disease. The lines of cause and effect aren't entirely clear, but Gallo and others have suggested that S. aureus could at least partly drive the symptoms of eczema, by causing inflammation and triggering allergic reactions.
Eczema patients treated by drug-producing microbes found on their own skin
Certain friendly bacteria are rare on patients but can still kill Staph aureus.

Event: June 1-4, 2017, Sterling, Kansas
Study 'Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizane' at the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College
Mushrooms are . . . surprisingly powerful tools for both ecologically-based farming and remediation and prevention of pollution. The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering a new course in "Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae" for those interested in exploring the cultivation and ecology of these fungi.
This intensive four-day course, held from June 1-4, 2017, is designed to guide students through mushroom ecology and basic identification, farm reproduction methods and cultivation, mycoremediation, and medicinal mushrooms, extracts, and tinctures.

Event May 9-12, 2017, Germany
Hohenstein Group to present at Techtextil/Texprocess 2017
Hohenstein scientists are currently involved in a collaborative project to develop protein-based water and dirt-repellent finishing agent to provide an alternative to hydrophobic processes using fluorocarbon chemicals (PFC), which are still in common use. The aim is to functionalise textiles in a stable, economical and sustainable way using fungal proteins produced with biotechnology as a replacement for per- and polyfluorinated hydrocarbons that are potentially dangerous to humans and the environment.

Kids compete to make the world a better place
When faced with the problem of cleaning up a polluted petrochemical site in Ecuador, a team of urban planners from Arizona turned to "microbial degradation" and "phytoremediation" to biologically break down pollutants on the site.
A team of urban planners who are still in middle school.

Discovery Science Place STEM Like a Girl brings East Texas middle school girls together for day of fun
Discovery Science Place focused on encouraging girls to seek out opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). . . .
Harmonie Hawley, Ph.D., assistant professor at UT Tyler, focused her project on wetlands. She said wetlands are nature's engineers.
Her project included using celery to clean water that had been colored with food coloring to simulating a naturally occurring process called phytoremediation, a process that involves the use of plants to stabilize and/or destroy contaminants in the environment.

From mice, clues to microbiome's influence on metabolic disease
The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin secretion, a key variable in the onset of the metabolic disease diabetes, new research has found.

AgBiome Will Enter the Ornamentals Market With a New Biological Fungicide
There's a new company entering the market that is aiming to be a game-changer in the world of plant protection. AgBiome, a biological and biotechnology trait discovery and development company, started in late 2012 by six founders, including Eric Ward and Scott Uknes, veterans of the crop protection scene, with the vision of becoming a market disrupter and "the most successful agriculture innovator."

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US approval for AgBiome biofungicide - The leading online global crop protection and agrochemical news and analysis service including GM crops

Zio Fungicide, Developed by AgBiome, Receives EPA Registration
A peek behind AgBiome's RTP innovation curtain (Photos)
Gates Foundation-backed AgBiome earns first product OK from FDA
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—AgBiome, the startup focusing on improvements in crop science and backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has received EPA approval for its first fungicide product.

Gut bacteria studies could combat associated imbalances like diabetes
UW associate professor Elhanan Borenstein recently published a research paper alongside Ohad Manor, a post-doctoral fellow in the Borenstein lab, focusing on a computational technique called "FishTaco," an acronym for Functional Shifts' Taxonomic Contributors. . . .
The crux of the FishTaco is that it combines two datasets about the gut microbiome: the composition and abundance of species, and the different types of genes encoded for activities like vitamin synthesis and breaking down carbs.

Volatility of the Gut Microbiome Tied to IBD
Fluctuations in the gut microbiome over time could underlie inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, researchers suggest.

Diverse gut microbiome may improve response to immunotherapy for melanoma
Patients with melanoma who responded to immunotherapy had a more diverse gut microbiome than nonresponders, according to study results scheduled for presentation at the 2017 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium.
There could be a surprising link between how people respond to a new cancer treatment and their microbiome

There could be a surprising link between how people respond to a new cancer treatment and their microbiome
Cancer immunotherapy—treatments that harness the body's immune system to fight cancer—has been gaining traction in recent years as a new approach to treating the disease.
But one of its major drawbacks is its variability: For some cancer patients, the drugs have led to remarkable remissions with few side effects. Others have tried them only to find little benefit and a lot of discomfort. . . .
A team of researchers has recently discovered a link between people's responses to immunotherapy treatments and the microbes that live in their gut. Having a more diverse gut microbiome, they found, is linked to a better response.
The research, which will be presented at an upcoming medical conference, is the first study to make this link in people.

Finch Therapeutics Announces Strategic Collaboration with OpenBiome to Develop Microbiome Therapies for FDA Approval
Editor's note: microbial therapies are the key to the future, but chemical companies have ways of screwing up a good thing just for a patent. Like transplanting feces. Microbes for health are already available without having to go through big corporations or feces transpants. Of course they would say that's the only way. People don't want to eat a healthy diet or take supplements. They prefer strange surgeries, but we're listing it here just to keep up with the news.

Immigrants in the US are helping scientists understand how gut bacteria can be contagious
We have a give-and-take relationship with our gut bacteria: we house and feed them, while they block out the bad microbes and make vitamins for us (paywall), for example. And when our microbiome get out of whack, things can go wrong for us. Certain populations of gut bacteria, says Dan Knights, a computational biologist at the University of Minnesota and Vangay's advisor, are strongly correlated with non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Biodegradation of Polyethylene by Green Photosynthetic Microalgae
Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation
It is estimated that around 500 billion plastic bags are being used every year worldwide. This widespread utilization is attributed to their cheapness and convenience to use. The vast majority of these bags are discarded as wastes usually after a single use. It has been revealed that after their entry into environment, plastic bags can persist up to 1000 years without being decomposed. Accumulation of plastic bag wastes causes environmental pollution that can be manifested in number of ways. Biological degradation is an attractive, recent and alternative approach to plastic waste management, which is generally a cheaper process, potentially much more efficient and does not produce any hazardous compounds, as in the case of conventional degradation [2]. Additionally, the microbial degradation of polyethylene sheets may yield commercial end products from their biomass [3].
Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that described the discovery of microbial polyesterase genes. The study described the discovery and characterization of new enzymes from microbial communities associated with moss. These enzymes might some day be used to recycle polyesters, commonly used in textiles, into their monomeric building blocks.

EarthRx: How Community Mycoremediation Projects Can Clean Up Oil Spills Around the Planet

Saving Urban Brownfields With Little Brown Mushrooms
Using mycoremediation, scientists are using mushrooms to clean up contamination in our urban soil.

The No Shampoo Experiment, 2.0
"Think about the way nature works. Everything from the surface of a leaf to feathers, guillemot eggs, butterfly wings, the scales of a fish, and the skin of a whale is self-cleaning. Other structures utilize various organisms to remove contaminants or allow droplet flow in a non-exploitative, non-toxic, non-polluting way. Take mycoremediation, for instance, or hydrocarbon-chewing microbes."

Event University of Minnesota - BioTechnology Institute
2017 MnDRIVE Research Symposium Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment
Join us for the 2017 MnDRIVE Environment Research Symposium which showcases innovative research from the University of Minnesota.

Demolishing park will cut residents off from new promenade on Hong Kong waterfront
The government has failed to recognise natural and well-known phytoremediation and weathering processes, which remove pollutants in the air, water and soil on site.

Answer Man: RiverLink park still a go? Victoria Road light?
Regarding the sprinkler system the reader referenced, Artz said that "was needed as part of a process called 'phytoremediation' that was used to clean up contaminants like diesel, gasoline, and other substances that were present from years of crushing cars (scientifically known as Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC's)."

STEM Salon Connects Mountain State Researchers, Innovators
Sanjaya's lab leads an active research program to specifically design plants and microalgae to enhance their bioenergy and nutritional value. He also is involved in phytoremediation, or the innovative use of green plants to clean up the environment.

Kids compete to make the world a better place
When faced with the problem of cleaning up a polluted petrochemical site in Ecuador, a team of urban planners from Arizona turned to "microbial degradation" and "phytoremediation" to biologically break down pollutants on the site.

Probiotic, prebiotic—Pay attention to your microbiome

New metalloid oxide reducing bacteria found in Manitoba's Nopiming gold mine tailings
Uncovering new bacteria with high resistance to toxic waste in Canada's extreme environments has potential to contribute to future bioremediation technologies

Microbes in the Gut Egg on Aβ Pathology in Mice

Life under pressure: Microbes in extreme environments
Biophysical Society
Life can thrive in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. Microbes flourish inside hot geothermal vents, beneath the frigid ice covering Antarctica and under immense pressures at the bottom of the ocean. For these organisms to survive and function, so must the enzymes that enable them to live and grow. Now, researchers have homed in on what allows particular enzymes to function under extreme pressures.

Microbiologist mixes science and art
A microbiologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Mary Beth Leigh is the co-founder and director of "In a Time of Change," an arts, humanities and science consortium that pairs scientists with artists to explore different aspects of the natural world. The artists then create original works that interpret what they've learned.
Microbiologist Mixes Science and Art
A microbiologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is the co-founder and director of "In a Time of Change," a consortium of arts, humanities and science that pairs scientists with artists to explore different aspects of the natural world.
Fairbanks microbiologist mixes science and art

How ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes
University of Maryland School of Medicine
For hundreds of millions of years, ticks have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. But no one has ever looked at why ticks, themselves, are able to survive while harboring bacteria, viruses and parasites. Now, for the first time, scientists have decoded how the ingenious tick immune system fights a myriad of microbes.

Dandelion fungi could help clean toxic oilsands tailings, says Edmonton scientist
Award-winning innovation garners widespread interest from industry including support from Syncrude

Birth may not be a major microbe delivery event for babies
Study finds no big differences in microbiomes of babies born vaginally or by C-section

Unprotected sex may disrupt the microbiome in vagina

The guts for sports success: Microbiome study highlights differences in elite athletes

Learn 'How Microbiomes Influence Health' April 21
Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series will present "Invisible Influences: How Microbiomes Influence Health" with Dr. Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Lab and University of Chicago at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Ramsey Auditorium in Batavia.

Mahim Nature park: Governors oppose MMRDA's revamp plan
Erected over a dumping ground in 1994, the 37-acre park is a nature lover's haven in the middle of the city.

Ayala Water & Ecology to clean up Yamuna in India
Israeli phytoremediation expert adds fourth project to help rehabilitate affected water bodies in India.

Microbiomes more in flux in patients with inflammatory bowel disease
Scientists explore role of microbes, 'volatile dysbiosis' in Crohn's, related conditions

FDA Turmoil, Biology Mystery On List Of Hurdles For Microbiome Drugs

Microbes, a Love Story

Hijacking bacteria to kill cancer
Despite the fact that Salmonella strains have been harnessed to deliver different types of therapeutic agents, these strategies often require multiple injections of microbes, and relapse is common. In search of a better method, Jin Hai Zheng and colleagues used attenuated Salmonella typhimurium bacteria as "Trojan horses," which infiltrated the low-oxygen environments found within tumors and secreted an immune response-triggering signal - from a protein named FlaB, involved in the locomotion of the marine microbe Vibrio vulnificus -- that stimulated the cancer-eliminating activities of protective macrophages. The FlaB-expressing bacteria was proven to be nontoxic, and importantly, didn't invade non-cancerous tissue in rodents.
An Innovative New Cancer Therapy Hijacks Bacteria to Fight Tumors
Scientists turn food poisoning microbe into powerful cancer fighter
Editor's note: we usually don't list articles about GMO microbes. However, in this case the cancer treatment they describes sounds worlds better than chemo and radiation. Therefore, we're posting these articles. However, someday they may find a way to prevent cancer through reducing the amount of carcinogens in our environment, and increasing the immune system with better microbiome health.

Israeli firm to clean up toxic Yamuna drain
The company has expertise in 'Phytoremediation', that uses shrubs to remove and destroy contaminants in soil and water and 'constructed wetlands'.
The Delhi government has roped in an Israeli firm to clean up, through ecological methods, an eight-kilometre stretch of one of the most polluting drains that empties into the highly-polluted Yamuna river. Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said Israeli firm 'Ayala Water and Ecology Ltd' has been tasked with preparing a detailed project report on cleaning up the Bhalswa to Surghat stretch of the supplementary drain.
Ayala Water & Ecology Ltd.:
Ayala Water & Ecology to clean up Yamuna in India

We Need to Address the Heavy Metals Polluting Our Water

Analyzing gut microbes and their byproducts essential to understanding human health
American Society for Microbiology
To best understand the potential of microbes in the gut to affect human health, clinicians need to look not just at the bacteria present in fecal samples but also at metabolites like amino acids that those bacteria produce, according to a new study.
Immigrants in the US are helping scientists understand how gut bacteria can be contagious

Threats to biodiversity resources discussed (Tamil Nadu, India)
Scientific experts spoke about the major threats to our biodiversity resources including habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, overexploitation, invasive species, air pollution and nitrogen deposition and climate change during the two-day science academies' lecture workshop on 'Plant Diversity and Phytoremediation' held at Periyar University here recently.
Organised by the Department of Environmental Science of the university, scientists R. Raghavendra Rao and K.R. Shivanna, T. Muthukumar, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University and P. Thangavel from the university said that that tens of thousands of plant species are endangered and potentially face extinction in this century if current trends continue worldwide. Although the potential extinction crisis faced by plants has been recognised for several decades, only recently there has been a coherent plan of action for their conservation, they added.
They emphasised the conservation and sustainable utilisation of plant diversity resources for bio-prospecting. With the increasing demand for herbal drugs, natural health products and secondary metabolites of medicinal plants, the use of medicinal plants is growing rapidly throughout the world, scientists said. K. Murugesan, Professor and Head of the department welcomed the gathering while R. Balagurunathan, Coordinator, School of Life Sciences, Periyar University presided over the function.

Which biopastics are really biodegradable?
A plastic material can be called as 'bioplastic' if it is either bio-based, biodegradable, or possesses both the properties. The term 'bio-based' means that the material or product is (partly) a resultant of biomass (plants). Biomass used for bioplastics is produced from the stems of crops, such as corn or sugarcane.
Biodegradation refers to a chemical process under which microorganisms that are present in the environment transform materials into natural substances, such as water, carbon dioxide and compost.
However, users are often not clear with the term 'biodegradation.' A bioplastic called 'polylactic acid' is derived from the plant feedstock and is not biodegradable. This proves that bioplastics are not always biodegradable. However, PET bio-plastic is recyclable just like PET made from natural gas and oil feedstock, as they are chemically the same.
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Wisynco launches biodegradable foam
Substitute material ranging from milk protein and clay, to plant-based matter utilising rice, corn, potatoes, bamboo, and mushrooms, are among the solutions that have been put forward.
IT has been said that polystyrene foam, better known as styrofoam, cannot biodegrade.
Jamaican manufacturer Wisynco has, however, found it's own solution—a chemical additive called masterbatch pellets made by ECM BioFilms.

Creating family trees for disease-causing microbes could help control outbreaks

Microbes exist deep inside Earth's craters. Could this be the secret to finding life on other worlds?

Astronauts encounter Martian microbes in Super Bowl spot + trailer for Life

Over 90 per cent of oil spill clean-up over
Chennai: While Coast Guard officials announced to have removed 90 per cent of the oil slick that floated along the Chennai coast, port authorities began the disposal operations on Saturday.
Over 150 tonnes of oil sludge collected from the beaches of Chennai were dumped in the pit dug to carry out the bioremediation procedure, said officials from the research and development wing of the Indian Oil Corporation.
IOCL to treat sludge collected from oil spill

Merriam Webster updates tech word list - including "phytoremediation"
Merriam-Webster Welcomes 'Microbiome' To The English Language

Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) Manipur to set up two centres in Delhi

Filthy nullahs [ravines] polluting capital's two main parks
ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday called upon the citizens to adopt environment-friendly behaviour to make natural streams in the capital free of contamination.
They said the Rose and Jasmine Garden and F-9 Park were being polluted by two filthy nullahs.
The two streams, originating near the Margalla Hills, become filthy before reaching the two parks on their journey to Korang River, giving the parks an ugly look and causing foul smell in the area.

33 Buckets: Solution to global clean water crisis has ASU flavor
How can 33 Buckets change the world? Meet the ASU students who are creating a solution to the global clean water crisis.

Bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated soil and microbial population and activity determination
Bioremediation of hydrocarbon degradation in petroleum-polluted soil is carried out by various microorganisms. In the article, collaborating researchers from Xi'an University in China and The Ohio State University argue that little information is available for the relationships between hydrocarbon degradation rates in petroleum-contaminated soil and microbial population and activity in laboratory assay.
In their microcosm study, the researchers determined the degradation rate and efficiency of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), alkanes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in a petroleum-contaminated soil using an infrared photometer oil content analyzer and a gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

From flask to field
I am part of a new crop of scientists harnessing the power of natural microbes to improve agriculture.

EVENT February 23, 2017: Webinar on Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane
The webinar will combine recent research and development activities for new and emerging contaminants and technologies with real word applications to characterize and remediate contaminated sites. Specifically, the webinar will discuss the challenges with current remediation techniques for cleanup of 1,4-dioxane contaminated sites, a microbial culture which can grow using 1,4-dioxane as its only source of carbon and energy, and the role of monooxygenase enzymes in catalyzing 1,4-dioxane degradation.
The webinar will also include a discussion from Sandra Dworatzek (SiREM) who will provide an update on the work SiREM is doing to grow 1,4-dioxane microbial cultures, testing the microbial culture in laboratory microcosm studies and culture scale up for field applications.
To register for the free webinar, visit SiREM's website.

India: Bioremediation of sludge begins
Microbes to give oil sludge eco-friendly burial

Africa: Why Microbes Are Key to Solving Africa's Food Security Crisis

Future Farming - How will precision methods change agriculture in the next 40 years?

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From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionizing big agriculture

Microbe that causes food poisoning exerts a sort of mind control over mice

Harnessing Microbes To Improve Mental Health

Microbes may encourage altruistic behavior

Vitamin B12: Power broker to the microbes

Unhealthy gut microbes a cause of hypertension, researchers find

UWF Researchers Studying Effects Of Artificial Reefs

Bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated soil and microbial population and activity determination

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Changes in astronaut's gut microbes linked to spaceflight

How We Can Better Plan Our Cities to Utilize Stormwater

Grandfather of In-Situ Bioremediation Passes
Calicut University professor collapses, dies

Chennai oil spill: Tiny microbes to play the rescue act

The astronauts explored how the immune system adapts in outer space by collecting their biological samples for the Multi-Omics study. The experiment, which began in March 2015 when the One-Year mission began, is researching gut microbes and metabolism to determine how living in space affects the human immune function.

Algae Market - Global Industry Analysis 2016 - 2024

End of life: how are new technologies helping to shut down spent mines?

Wheatland students take home trophy in city design competition
A concept for city that uses mountain snow harvesting and hydroponic gardens earned Wheatland Center students the Rookie of the Year award from the StemForward organization at the Future City Competition held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering last week.

Metallic Hydrogen
For this metal, electricity flows, but not the heat
US scientists create metallic hydrogen, a possible superconductor, ending quest

New news about Salmonella
Salmonella bacteria don't want your body to starve on their account. The microbes' motives, though, are (probably) purely poop-related.
The body sometimes sacrifices appetite to fight off infection: Less energy for the host also means less energy for the pathogen. Understanding how bacteria cope with this tactic can inform treatments.
When it reaches the gut, Salmonella enterica bacteria can trigger this type of anorexic response in their host, making it a good model for how microbes deal with less food. Researchers at the Salk Institute in California investigated salmonella fallout in mice. In lab tests, they found that the bacteria aren't as virulent when a mouse isn't eating, and they use the vagus nerve, a superhighway connecting gut to brain, to encourage eating. The bacteria make a protein called SIrP that appears to block signals that dampen appetite.
Microbe that causes food poisoning exerts a sort of mind control over mice
When we have food poisoning, the last thing we want to do is eat. But in mice, a microbe that causes this ailment actually increases appetite, a new study reveals. Researchers say they might be able to use the same trick to increase eating in cancer patients and old folks, who often lose their desire for food.

Beer and Wine Makers Turn to Charged Microbes for Clean Water, Power
About 50 miles north of San Francisco, a brewery is quietly using a new type of technology, originally created to be used on a space station, to clean 50,000 gallons of dirty wastewater a day and generate energy in the process.
At the back of the brewery of Lagunitas Brewing Company, in Petaluma, Calif., three large shipping containers house an unusual design of electrically charged microbes that consume pollutants in beer wastewater and generate usable biogas. The technology was created by an MIT spinout called Cambrian Innovation, which is beginning to grow its customer list considerably in Northern California.

Microbes Control the Massive Turbine Hall at London's Tate Modern
Philippe Parreno's Anywhen, occupying the vast hall at Tate Modern, evolves over time in response to the control of tiny living beings.

Eating Well With Kim: Keeping Your Microbes Happy
Feed your microbiomes!!! Plant material including fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes, and whole grains make hungry gut bugs happy, healthy and strong- the fiber from these foods is what feeds our good bacteria. When we eat a diet high in processed food, we are essentially starving our gut microbiome and that can prove detrimental.
We can include more probiotic foods in the diet and resist the urge to sanitize everything (I once had a pediatrician tell me "a healthy immune system is a challenged immune system"). Probiotic foods are foods that are fermented and contain healthy bacteria.

Bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated soil and microbial population and activity determination
Bioremediation of hydrocarbon degradation in petroleum-polluted soil is carried out by various microorganisms. In the article, collaborating researchers from Xi'an University in China and The Ohio State University argue that little information is available for the relationships between hydrocarbon degradation rates in petroleum-contaminated soil and microbial population and activity in laboratory assay.
In their microcosm study, the researchers determined the degradation rate and efficiency of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), alkanes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in a petroleum-contaminated soil using an infrared photometer oil content analyzer and a gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

Bioremediation of long-term PCB-contaminated Soil
Researchers at the Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic along with collaborators from other Universities in Europe recently released a paper that describes how white rot fungi was effective at reducing the level of PCB contamination in soil.

Head of 100 Bridge St. remediation plan to be on hand on Tuesday
Tim Snay of Ransom Consulting Inc. will attend a meeting of the Community Development Corp. of the Southern Berkshires at 6 p.m. at the Great Barrington Fire Station at 37 State Road.
The corporation plans to develop the southerly 2 acres of 100 Bridge St.'s 8 acres for affordable housing. The corporation will leave development of the remaining 6 acres for later.
Snay will oversee the cleanup under terms set by the Department of Environmental Protection.
The site, formerly home of a New England Log Homes factory, is contaminated with dioxins and pentachlorophenol, or PCPs. Dealing with environmental contamination on the site has been controversial, especially after the DEP halted an experimental "bioremediation" plan in 2014.

Thumbs up for downer
Madison—Many states have a designated state bird, flower—and a state soil. The "Downer" is the official state soil of New Jersey. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) January 15 Soils Matter blog post explains why Downer is important to the Garden State.

Opinion: Are microbes the next revolution coming to Big Ag?

Travis environmental restoration program is certified, sustainable
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Saving money, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing green and sustainable remediation (GSR) to clean up contaminated groundwater sites recently earned Travis Air Force Base the honor of becoming the first Defense Department installation to receive greener cleanup certification by ASTM International standards.
Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Region IX is using the Travis AFB environmental restoration program's (ERP) success to show other facilities how to use similar GSR approaches to effectively clean up contamination.

What are biofilms and how they form
According to this paper, a bacterial biofilm is defined as "a structured community of bacterial cells enclosed in a self-produced polymeric matrix and adherent to an inert or living surface." In plain English, this means that bacteria sometimes join together, cling to essentially any surface, and form a protective matrix around the group.
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Hall's 'Turf' writings garner him Hall of Fame slot
Ronnie Hall, an award-winning writer and editor who traces his writing roots back to the Port Clinton News Herald, was recently inducted into the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association Hall of Fame.
Hall, of Port Clinton, has written extensively on the green industry, which includes ornamental plant growers, landscape contractors and lawn service providers, for Turf magazine, owned by Grand View Media.

From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionizing big agriculture
by Matthew Wallenstein, Colorado State University
I am part of a new crop of scientists who are harnessing the power of natural microbes to improve agriculture. In recent years, genomic technology has rapidly advanced our understanding of the microbes that live on virtually every surface on Earth, including our own bodies. Just as our new understanding of the human microbiome is revolutionizing medicine and spawning a new probiotic industry, agriculture may be poised for a similar revolution.

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Green Dot Bioplastics Create New Biodegradable Plastic for Horticultural Applications
Terratek® BD2114 from Green Dot Bioplastics is composed of 80% reclaimed and 80% bio-based material. It is a renewable and biodegradable alternative to conventional plastic pots. This planter made up of reclaimed plant fibers will return to nature without causing any harm once its service life has ended.

Planting roots for bioplastics
a new biodegradable biocomposite for horticultural applications made from reclaimed bio-based feedstocks

Patent - biodegradable plastic medical use
Drug delivery after biodegradation of the stent scaffolding

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Sophorolipids Market - Global Industry Analysis 2023
Sophorolipids are surfactants formed by the fermentation of a selected number of non-pathogenic yeast species. These combine green chemistry with low carbon footprint, and hence fulfil certain important eco-friendly criteria. Sophorolipids demonstrate synergistic effects with other secondary surfactants in foaming and cleaning applications.

Travis environmental restoration program is certified, sustainable
By Merrie Schilter-Lowe , 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Saving money, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing green and sustainable remediation (GSR) to clean up contaminated groundwater sites recently earned Travis Air Force Base the honor of becoming the first Defense Department installation to receive greener cleanup certification by ASTM International standards.

Residents near trenching ground finally get fresh air to breathe
Shubham Kishore
Soil has covered heaps of garbage lying in the area from years. On the fertile soil, they have planted trees and installed water sprinkles. "We have also decomposed a lot of waste using landfill bioremediation methods," said IMC's health officer Uttam Yadav.

To discover Africa's biodiversity, look to the soil
South Africa is finally embarking on a long-overdue initiative: mapping the incredible biodiversity in Africa's soils. It will document the microbial life hidden in the ground in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the data it derives could help solve the continent's crisis of hunger and food insecurity, and give birth to a new industry.

Soil pores, carbon stores, and breathing microbes
Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently studied how moisture influences soil heterotrophic respiration. That's the breathing-like process by which microbes convert dead organic carbon in the soil to carbon dioxide.

Researchers devise methods to identify transmission of microbes from mothers to infants
WASHINGTON, DC - January 17, 2017 - It has been assumed that mothers pass on gut microbes to their infants during and just after delivery, a process called vertical transmission, but because of limits in available technology, the evidence of this occurrence has been limited. Now, researchers in Italy have combined laboratory and novel computational techniques to systematically track the vertical transmission of microbes in a pilot study.

Study of microbes reveals new insight about Earth's geology and carbon cycles

Microbes could survive thin air of Mars
Scientists Find Life's Most Ancient Ancestors Could Actually Survive On Mars
Life on Mars: Astrobiologists Prove Microbes can Survive the Think Martian Atmosphere
Dried-up slime could help microbes survive briny waters on Mars

Why are our beaches and water so gorgeous? - Here's why!
The coloring of the water depends on how much clay, algae, sediment, and other materials that might flow into the beaches through streams of fresh water or rain water. Algae creates a green color, while the sand and clay can form brownish colors.

We always knew our ancestors were microbes. Now we found them.
Asgard is a group of microbes, described for the first time in the journal Nature this week, that may well include the organism that gave rise to all complex life—from the tiniest eukaryotes to the tallest redwoods, the dinosaurs and us.

Microbes rule in 'knee-high tropical rainforests'
Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called "knee-high tropical rainforests", support another 20 percent of all plants. Nutrient scarcity is the common denominator. In both ecosystems plants team up with soil bacteria or fungi to gather nutrients more efficiently.

Researchers discover 'marvel microbes' explaining how cells became complex

Why Microbes Are Really Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

Study shows how marine microbes recycle iron from the debris of dead algae
A new study from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, shows the molecular machinery that helps move iron through the marine environment. The researchers report this week in mSystems, an open access journal from the American Society for Microbiology, on how Roseobacter bacteria claim heme, an iron-containing molecule that's widespread in the ocean, directly from algal cells that have died and disintegrated.
Bacteria in the ocean consume material from phytoplankton—like algae—and recycle nutrients like carbon, nitrogen, and iron back into the food web.
Microbes & Hosts Fight to Acquire Essential Metals: This Battle May Open the Door for New Treatments
Every time that a bacterial infection occurs within an individual, microbes and hosts engage in a persistent battle over precious metals, such as iron. The host struggles to keep these essential metals away from the microbes, which need them for their survival. In this battle, both the host and the microbes release a number of molecules and proteins. Researchers, such as Elizabeth Nolan, PhD, an associate professor of chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), hope that further analysis of this struggle will provide insight that may help inform the development of new drugs that can be used in the fight against bacterial infections.
Metal-guzzling plants harvested to make nanomaterials

Gurgaon provides corp a lesson in bioremediation
The city corporation, which is running out of ideas to comply with National Green Tribunal (NGT) order with regard to removal of existing garbage piles from Vilappilsala plant might want to look at the successful implementation of bioremediation on a 13-acre dump yard with almost 20 lakh tons of waste and how it was cleared of leachate pools and how height of the piles was reduced by 70%.

Snow microbes used in art
Biologists say safe "microbe paint" could be available soon.

Mealworms' gut bacteria possible plastic pollution reduction solution, specialist says
NORMAN, Okla. - Wei-min Wu, a specialist on environmental biotechnology at Stanford University talked on "Microplastic pollution and recent progress in biodegradation of petroleum-based plastics" on Jan. 4 at the University of Oklahoma.
Wu said recent studies showed bacteria contained in mealworms' gut are able to eat and degrade polystyrene and polyethylene foams, providing a possible solution to the reduction of the plastics pollution.

Organic Growers School Announces Spring Conference For March
ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The 24th annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference will be held March 10-12, 2017, at the University of North Carolina-Asheville campus.
The mission of the spring conference is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone wanting to participate.

RiverLink announces another step toward completion of Karen Cragnolin Park
ASHEVILLE, NC—The site of the EDACO junkyard for over 20 years, RiverLink's Karen Cragnolin Park on Amboy Road in West Asheville has taken one more step towards becoming a part of Asheville's ever-expanding greenway system. Using a process known as "phytoremediation," RiverLink has been working to clean the contaminated soil on the site since 2013. After taking soil samples on the last of 26 pockets of contaminated soil earlier this month, RiverLink is pleased to announce the samples were proclaimed within safe limits of contaminants by Pace Analytic Services, the EPA-mandated laboratory testing the site.

Of BSU's effort towards climate change
Benguet State University through one of its research centers, Higher Education Regional Research Center (HERRC) implemented the " R and D Program Towards Environmental Sustainability of the Cordillera Highlands Amidst Changing Climate. " The program is composed of ten projects, seven agriculture, forestry & natural resources (AFNR) and three social studies, implemented on September 2015 and still continuing to date.

Open-source phytoremediation project tackles the Tiber River's pollution crisis
Despite its historic significance, Rome's Tiber River has become extremely polluted. In a bid to clean up the murky, trash-infested waters, deltastudio designed Albula, an interactive floating structure that combines elements from historic water mills with bio-based techniques like phytoremediation. Even better, the Albula is designed as an open-source and scalable project that can be replicated in a variety of contexts.

How Hemp Can Clean Up Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Hemp plants were shown to be effective in cleaning the soil around the site of Russia's Chernobyl nuclear disaster and were even considered for use near Fukushima.

Westmoreland County angles for piece of hemp industry
That process, known as phytoremediation, can benefit brownfields and abandoned coal mine sites

Story image for phytoremediation from The Scientist
Putting Phytoremediation into Action. Researchers studying the use of bacteria and plants to remove toxins from the soil

South TX Gardener: Plants that can help Clean the Environment
Canadian database for bioremediation has remarked that they have seen degradation of benzene a aromatic hydrocarbon found in gasoline.

Degradation study of lindane by novel strains Kocuria sp. DAB-1Y and Staphylococcus sp. DAB-1W
This study was carried out to isolate and characterize the bacterial strains from lindane-contaminated soil and they were also assessed for their lindane-degrading potential.

MSU Central Agricultural Research Center hires new soil microbiologist

Arctic Spill Research - Sawdust
Researchers are looking into adding a bioremediation element to the chemically modified sawdust. This Special Sawdust Is Designed To Clean Up Oil Spills In The Arctic
New weapon against oil spills
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are testing chemically modified wood flour to determine whether it can enhance the burning of crude oil after a spill.
Tests of small batches treated with components of vegetable oil indicate the material will grab onto crude oil and help keep it near the surface. PNNL senior research scientist George Bonheyo, who is also a research professor of bioengineering at Washington State University, calls the material "incredibly buoyant, ice-repelling and water-repelling."
Editor's note: this is not 100% natural, but it's a step in the right direction.

Inside and out, ASU engineer studies the role microbes play in health

NCA - Restore - Reveal - Revitalize
The Newtown Creek Alliance is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of Newtown Creek.
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The Secret Lives of Marine Mammal Microbes
Probing the mystery of what goes on inside the guts of dolphins and whales

Diagnosing and Understanding Elevated Temperature Landfills (Part 1)
The first of a three-part series, this article talks about characteristics and challenges associated with ETLFs and their management.
Diagnosing and Understanding Elevated Temperature Landfills - Part 2
A small percentage of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in North America have reported elevated and increasing temperatures above those normally associated with a hot gas well. Temperatures above 66 °C (150°F) or even 121 °C (250°F) have been reported in some cases.
Diagnosing and Understanding Elevated Temperature Landfills - Part 3 (coming soon)

Circadian rhythms and the microbiome: Disrupting daily routine of gut microbes can be bad news for whole body
New research is beginning to show that the composition and activity of the microbiota exhibits a daily, or circadian, rhythmicity, just like we do.

Tired of waiting on humans, microbes cooperate to clean up our messes.

Microbes living in people's bodies can tell you when they died
Microbes That Keep Time
After someone dies, their microbiome changes in ways that researchers say could be used to gauge how long it's been since death occurred, even after a couple of months, Scientific American reports.

The deepwater horizon aftermath
The oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig in 2010 contaminated more than 1,000 square miles of seafloor. . . . The scientists have now analysed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 major petroleum hydrocarbons.
The Deepwater Horizon aftermath
Researchers have analyzed 125 compounds from oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico to determine their longevity at different contamination.

Microbes: Not just nasty germs, our bodies' allies

Mapping the molecules made by a lichen's resident microbes

How to keep your gut microbes happy at Christmas

Product News: Rainin Pos-D™ Pipettes Allow Environmental Microbiology Researchers to Investigate Biodegradation of Oil
Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are using a METTLER TOLEDO Rainin Pos-D™ positive-displacement pipette to investigate the role of chemical dispersants in the biodegradation of oil in Arctic marine environments. - See more at:

Alltech Crop Science emphasizes the importance of a healthy agribiome on World Soil Day
The Importance of a Healthy Agribiome In Focus on World Soil Day
Celebrated in several countries on Dec. 5, World Soil Day raises awareness about the importance of soil preservation and stimulates discussion on effective crop practices. These discussions quickly become a call to action. Many producers are looking to decrease the damage caused by inefficient management practices and, subsequently, improve crop results through a balance in soil microbiology.
More natural farming practices combined with modern science can help increase diversity in the soil biology. Dr. Steven Borst, general manager of Alltech Crop Science, emphasizes the importance of integrating biological technologies into existing management programs to feed the soil.
"We need to work with nature, not against it, to grow not only our crops, but our soil as well," said Borst.
Plant microbes and technology will be key to farming success

Microbes: Our tiny, crucial allies
Microbes: Not just nasty germs, our bodies' allies

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Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee

A new perspective on microbes
Most of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head. . . . Members of our microbiome, especially those living in the gut, not only help keep their disease-causing cousins at bay, they also make many compounds that we need, but that our own bodies cannot make.
Microbes: Not just nasty germs, but our allies

Counter-attack of the microbes
Nepal has issues of overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals, uncontrolled prescription, or hospital-based infections
A healthy human body has its own defence mechanism and can fight off a majority of the infecting pathogens. However, the very young, the very old and immunologically compromised individuals may not be able to fight these on their own and have to rely on antibiotics. Even healthy people can only fight off so much of the infection, and may need antibiotics.
The whole cycle then repeats itself: patients get treated for infection, they may recover if the pathogens in their body are not AMR bacteria, but if the treatment may be difficult or in some cases, useless. If patients do recover, they may become hosts to AMR bacteria which they can then pass on to others over their lifetime. The irony of this is that the very activities that should be making a person healthy is doing quite the opposite.

Genome Canada funding research to study how microbes eat away at pipelines
The federal government is funding research to understand how microbes in oil and gas pipelines cause corrosion, which can cost the energy sector billions of dollars a year and increase the risk of a damaging leak.
Ancient microbes could offer insight on better mining wastewater strategies
Professor Lesley Warren and her colleagues are mining the genomes of microbes that thrive in wastewater generated by the resource extraction industry. Insights into how these organisms derive energy from metals and sulphur compounds could lead to new strategies for preventing pollution and optimizing mine reclamation.
Editor's note: we hope they will find out the right balance of microbes to save their pipes, without trying to kill all the microbes. Kill kill kill - it won't work because the microbes will always win, and we would end up with lots of poison in our environment.

Genes, birthplace shape up our gut microbes

Marine Microbes Could Help Clean Up Environmental Pollutants
Marine bacteria first discovered off the coast of Puerto Rico more than 50 years ago could one day help clean up toxic pollutants in the environment.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego researchers uncovered a new enzyme in marine bacteria that evolved to remove bromine from carbon. Bromine is one of four highly reactive members of the elemental group known as halogens that are also commonly found in man-made industrial chemicals such as pesticides and flame retardants.
Enzymes that remove halogens from man-made industrial compounds can be used to rid the environment of these harmful pollutants.

Marvel microbes may explain how complex life evolved

UMN study: Microbes vs. weed seeds
A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota, with 15 farm cooperators, are trying to find out by studying how weed seeds interact with microbes and specifically what role microbes may play in weed seed viability and decomposition. Post doctoral researcher Adria Fernandez is leading the charge on the ground for this project in a relatively new field of work, along with principal investigator Craig Sheaffer and others. An emerging technology allows scientists to sequence soil samples to determine how many of which types of bacteria, fungi and other microbes are present. The microbe-weed seed connection is just one branch within what is sure to become a vast field as more is learned about the technology and all its potential applications.

Newly discovered soil microbes may have helped eat methane after Porter Ranch natural gas leak
As Methane Surges, Scientists Look to Nanotech and Microbes to Capture It
Methane-Eating Microbes Produce Food for Farmed Animals
Edible protein produced naturally by microbes could help feed the world.

Microbes carve tiny rock homes for their barnacle chefs

academic paper
Biodegradation of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) by a Microbial Consortium in a Continuous Up-Flow Packed-Bed Biofilm Reactor: Kinetic Study, Metabolite Identification and Toxicity Bioassays
Guadalupe Alfonso-Gordillo, César Mateo Flores-Ortiz, Liliana Morales-Barrera, Eliseo Cristiani-Urbina
Published: December 1, 2016

Digital microbes for munching yourself healthy
Hundreds of different bacterial species live in the human gut, helping us to digest our food. The metabolic processes of these bacteria are not only tremendously important to our health - they are also tremendously complex. A research team has taken an important step in modelling the complexity of the human gut's bacterial communities - the microbiome - on the computer.
Digital Microbes Could Give More Insight into Gut Health
The computer model collection, known as AGORA, can also be used to investigate how microbes affect the metabolism of other microbes and that of the human host.

Sewage biofiltration plant gets the Aconex treatment
The Lagares project in Vigo is creating Spain's largest biofiltration sewage treatment plant. With an initial capacity of 147,000 cubic meters a day, the plant serves 800,000 people. The existing facility is being expanded and modernized to improve space utilization and operational flexibility. Biofiltration technology is being implemented to treat waste water for compliance with environmental safety standards.

Degradation of Landfill Leachate Compounds by Persulfate for Groundwater Remediation
A paper recently published in Chemical Engineering Journal describes batch experiments where persulfate was compared to hydrogen peroxide and permanganate for its ability to oxidize organic compounds in groundwater contaminated by landfill leachate. Complementary experiments were conducted to evaluate biodegradation (natural attenuation) potential for the system.

Biodegradable Superabsorbent Materials Market
Increase in environmental awareness along with requirement to minimize dependency on traditional sources is the driving factor predicted to favour industry expansion.

Amazing Discovery: Medicine-Making Microbes Found in Dirt Beneath New York City
Urban park soil microbiomes are a rich reservoir of natural product biosynthetic diversity
Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes
Researchers at The Rockefeller University have shown that the dirt beneath New York City teems with our tiny allies in the fight against disease. In soil collected from city parks, the team dug up genetic evidence of bacteria capable of producing a wide range of compounds whose potent effects might be harnessed as medicines. Their work is described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Study: New York City Dirt Rich in Bacteria Related to Medical Treatments
Researchers say soil from parks contains microbes that could lead to new antibiotics and medical treatments

alternative farming
Are Aquaponics a Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Agriculture Methods in New York City?
Activists are looking towards innovative alternatives to conventional models of agriculture, which, of course, require a great deal of land. In urban areas, where poverty is typically high and space scarce, is booming. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 15 to 20 percent of the world's food is now being produced in cities.

Food from storage messes with honey bee gut microbes
The availability of nutritious pollen has decreased over the past decade. Researchers suspect that what honey bees eat is disrupting the bacterial communities that reside in their gut—and, in turn, negatively affecting their health.

Gut microbe movements regulate host circadian rhythms
Even gut microbes have a routine. Like clockwork, they start their day in one part of the intestinal lining, move a few micrometers to the left, maybe the right, and then return to their original position. New research in mice now reveals that the regular timing of these small movements can influence a host animal's circadian rhythms by exposing gut tissue to different microbes and their metabolites as the day goes by. Disruption of this dance can affect the host.
The circadian rhythm of our microbes

The Microbes Have Won Again - Scientific American Blog Network
Editor's note: stop trying to kill all the microbes - better to flood the bad microbes with friendly microbes. Probiotics work better than antibiotics. This article misses the point entirely. War on all microbes! Kill kill kill! Maybe they have to dominate and kill the latest powerful virus to come along, but they would be better off if they simultaneously looked for powerful friendly microbes to help with their work.

Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
Bacteria in the intestine influence motor dysfunction and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease.
Do Microbes in the Gut Trigger Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's May Actually Originate From Microbes in the Gut

Weight-controlling microbes can be resistant to short-term dieting
Microbiologist Jason Tetro says long-term diets are most effective way to shed extra pounds
Dieting? Your gut microbes might delay the benefits - Medical News Today
How Your Gut Bacteria May Be Thwarting Your Diet
Study links microbes to yo-yo dieting
Gut microbes contribute to recurrent "Yo-Yo" obesity | Knowridge Science Report
Gut microbes switch host genes on and off under influence of diet - Medical News Today
Microbes Might Explain Why Many Diets Backfire - The Atlantic

Vaginal microbes point toward early detection and screening for endometrial cancer
A Swab Test For Endometrial Cancer? Vaginal Microbes May Aid Early Diagnosis Of Female Cancer Of Reproductive Organs
New method to diagnose cancer
An international group of scientists has created a new approach to the diagnostics of breast cancer with the help of nanoparticles of porous silicone.

Scientists learn how to ramp up microbes' ability to make memories
BACTERIA BREAKTHROUGH: Scientists discover microbes can have MEMORIES
Researchers at Rockefeller University and their colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley have found a way to make bacteria encode memories much faster than before.

How Tiny Microbes In Your Gut Affect Your Mood

Old microbes hold key to life

Gut Microbes Alter Host Gene Expression
Metabolites Found to Communicate with the Epigenome
In our DNA are genes which make up the code that makes life possible. However, genes can be altered by many environmental factors which switch some genes on or off. The complete set of genes that make up our entire DNA is called the genome, and molecules called epigenome communicate with the genome.

Digital microbes for munching yourself healthy
Hundreds of bacterial species live in the human gut, helping to digest food. The metabolic processes of these bacteria are not only tremendously important to human health - they are also tremendously complex. A research team at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg has taken an important step in modelling the complexity of the human gut's bacterial communities - the microbiome - on the computer. The researchers gathered all known data on the metabolism of 773 bacterial strains - more than ever before. Working from this data, they developed a computer model for each bacterial strain. This collection, known as AGORA, can now be used on the computer to simulate metabolic processes taking place in the microbes and to investigate how they affect the metabolism of other microbes and that of the human host. The LCSB team publishes its results in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology. The collection of predictive metabolic models is available to researchers via
Digital microbes for munching yourself healthy
Hundreds of different bacterial species live in the human gut, helping us to digest our food. The metabolic processes of these bacteria are not only tremendously important to our health - they are also tremendously complex. A research team has taken an important step in modelling the complexity of the human gut's bacterial communities - the microbiome - on the computer.

Microbes produce organic plastics from flue gas, electricity

New technology could help break down city's plastic problem
Investors say organic additive can dramatically cut biodegradation time
A group of entrepreneurs want to introduce an inexpensive but organic additive to the plastic used in Hong Kong which they claim will slash the time it takes for the waste to biodegrade in landfills.
caution: broken down plastic may still pollute the environment

Rockefeller's Science Outreach program explores the microbes in food
This year's cohort focused on exploring the vast assortment of microbes—called the microbiome—in our food. First, they learned the basics: Microbes are microscopic organisms that are all around us—beneficial in some ways (fermentation of food), harmful in others (infectious disease). Then, the students designed their own research projects. For example, some students compared microbes in organic and non-organic food, while others chose to analyze the microbes in frozen yogurt.

Gut microbes influence development of wet AMD
New research reveals that microbes in the gut play an important role in the development of neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration.

Your A.T.M. Is Covered in Microbes, but Mostly Harmless
New York's ATMs Teem With Nasty Stuff

Links added in 2016

Our evolving relationship with microbes

University of Minnesota experts will gather to talk about what we know, and what we don't know, about the microbial world and the role it plays in our health and our environment.

Dan Knights, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Michael Sadowsky, professor in the Department of Soil, Water & Climate, and Director of the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Cara Santelli, assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, and a member of the BioTechnology Institute at UMN.

Their talk is called, "It's Complicated: Our evolving relationship with the microbial world in and around us," and it's part of a series the university is calling, "The Petri Dish." The speakers joined MPR News host Tom Weber in studio for a conversation. To hear the full conversation, click the play button at this URL:

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg create comprehensive computational metabolic models for different gut microbes

Microbes from a 220-year-old bottle of beer create a new brew
Researchers used yeast recovered from a bottle found in a shipwreck from 1797 to brew a mild-tasting beer they've named Preservation Ale.

Canada's Food Guide Needs To Reflect Our Microbes
On average, our bodies are comprised of about 30 trillion human cells give or take about 10 trillion. However, there is a greater number of microbial cells living inside of us. Tens of trillions of these are bacteria, consisting of several hundred different species.
Over the last decade, researchers have gained insight into how certain gut microbes, particularly bacteria, influence our health. They have learned the mere presence of some species can affect us. Yet the majority of effects on wellness come as a result of the byproducts these organisms make.

GarCo landfill uses microbes to treat soil fouled by oil

Berkeley researchers discover thousands of new microbes, complete genomes
A study published Monday from campus and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers uncovered new information about the genetic role of individual microbes and how they work to affect our climate.

Meet Conan the Bacterium: The Most Radiation-Resistant Microbe
According to the Guinness Book of Records the honor of the most defiant bacteria belongs to the little-known Deinococcus radiodurans, a microbe so tough the scientific community dubbed it "Conan the Bacterium".

Seattle Builds First-Of-Its-Kind Stormwater System

Researchers discover microbes able to convert compounds released from coal directly into methane

Healthy microbes make for a resilient Great Barrier Reef | Cosmos

Do microbes control our mood? - ScienceDaily

Feed Microbes Oxygen to Help Clear Spilled Oil - Scientific American

Study reveals corals' influence on reef microbes | EurekAlert! Science News

UNH scientists receive grant for soil microbes research - News - - Dover, NH
Grant to aid study of microbes' role in soil carbon cycle

UMass microbiologist awarded $2.5 million grants to study how soil microbes contribute to global warming
Kristen DeAngelis will lead a team of other researchers to investigate how soil--which is the largest repository for carbon in the natural world--may disperse carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thus feeding global warming.

Researchers Restored A Colony Of Microbes In The Gut | Popular Science

toxiccleanup911 is against genetic modification of microbes - nature has already made all the types of microbes we need for planetary healing - don't mess with Mother Nature

Surfing the world for microbes
By Erika Johnson, UC San Diego
Surfer, ocean steward and chemistry doctoral student Cliff Kapono begins his worldwide expedition this fall to discover if surfers have a unique microbiome, and if so, how these marine bacteria and chemicals impact human health.

Metagenomic study links microbes to flavors in kefir
A team of food scientists and microbiologists in Ireland have used high-throughput sequencing to analyze how microbial populations change as kefir ferments. It's a new frontier in food analysis: Using the data, collected over a 24-hour fermentation period, the researchers were able to connect the presence of individual microbial species and their associated pathways to flavor compounds in the fermented milk beverage.

Soil microbes flourish with reduced tillage
Microbes improve soil quality by cycling nutrients and breaking plant residues down into soil organic matter. In an effort to detect consistent patterns across a large geographical area, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 62 studies examining the effect of tillage on soil microbes. No-till systems had greater soil microbial biomass and enzymatic activity. Tilled systems that used a chisel plow were equivalent to no-till systems, in terms of microbial biomass.
For the past several decades, farmers have been abandoning their plows in favor of a practice known as no-till agriculture. Today, about one-third of U.S. farmers are no longer tilling their fields, and still more are practicing conservation tillage—using equipment that only disturbs the soil to a minimal degree.

Training microbes to hunt out cancer and pollutants
Tiny microbial cells can be adapted to carry out specific jobs

Gut microbes linked to immunotherapy response in melanoma patients
Patients with malignant melanoma - whose disease has spread - are more likely to respond to immunotherapy treatment if they had greater diversity in their gut bacteria, according to new research.

Alternative to anti-biotics
Researchers develop new strategy to immunize against microbes that cause foodborne illness

Stanford bioengineer's microscope features interactive microbes
This Smartphone Microscope Lets You Play Games With Microbes
Introducing the LudusScope, a 3D-printed, open-sourced system that lets you control and play games with living microbes on your smartphone. . . . LudusScope was developed by Stanford engineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, and he envisioned it as a new way of interacting and learning about common microbes. It's meant for use in educational settings, and teachers can easily 3D print their own LuduScope using plans downloaded from the internet.

alternative energy
Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun
The luminous blue cycling strip, which can be found near Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland, was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o. It's made from a synthetic material that can give out light for up to ten hours at a time once charged by the sun throughout the day.

alternative energy
Milking microbes for energy could help replace fossil fuels
Scientists have found a way of producing electricity and fuel for cars from bacteria and green algae, and scaling up these techniques could create a reliable source of renewable energy that could be used as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Team finds 'alien' microbe that feeds on cosmic rays
Nearly all organisms on Earth require carbon, oxygen, and sunlight to survive, but the discovery of an unusual microbe that thrives deep within a South African gold mine has experts wondering if living organisms might have adapted to survive on seemingly uninhabitable planets.
Almost alien microbe found eating radiation
Aliens Could Be Feeding on Cosmic Rays for Survival, Scientists Found

Microbes on Mars
A Tough Row to Hoe for Early Martian Microbes
What the man who first looked for microbes on Mars has to say about the Viking anniversary
Gilbert Levin directed one of the microbiology experiments. 40 years later, here's what he has to say.
Has Curiosity Found Fossilized Life on Mars?
There are compelling structures in a slab of sedimentary Mars rock, but their discovery alone won't prove there was ancient life on Mars.
The Red Planet is cold and bleak, and its surface is bombarded with intense radiation. But some of Earth's toughest microbes might be able to survive there
Could these Cauliflower-like Shapes on Mars Have Been Sculpted by Microbes?
NASA Mars Exploration
BOOK: The Microbes of Mars, by Barry DiGregorio
Is there really life on Mars? What evidence is there that there may or may not have been life on Mars?
American Museum of Natural History
Case Study: Fossil Microbes on Mars?
New Bacterial Life-Form Discovered in NASA and ESA Spacecraft Clean Rooms
The previously unknown microbe was tough enough to survive stringent sterilization at two locations. Might it survive a trip to Mars?
Searching for Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky
The risk of microbial contamination could prevent humans and even robots from visiting the most promising parts of the Red Planet
Evidence that life once existed on Mars might have been discovered, scientists suggest
Unusual mineral outcrops on Mars look very similar to microbe-created formations here on Earth
Microbial stowaways to Mars identified
Bacteria found on the Curiosity rover reveal the types of microorganisms that spacecraft carry.
by Jyoti Madhusoodanan
Visiting Mars? Don't forget to take the invisible microbe to survive in an alien planet

2bn-yo water found deep underground offers clues to possible life on other planets

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Microbial skin care products
Embrace microbes to go truly natural says skin care expert Nick Wallen, director of JooMo

Mix and match microbes to make probiotics last
A study published September 29 in Cell Host & Microbe suggests matching the right bacterial strain to the gut environment is crucial for making a real change.

Could deep sea microbes help fight climate change?
There are compelling reasons for studying archaea and bacteria at the bottom of the sea. Both organisms play a fundamental role in gobbling up methane, a greenhouse gas that gets trapped at the bottom of the ocean in the form of an icelike solid substance.
MacArthur winner Victoria Orphan showed how deep-sea microbes keep greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere
Ask a MacArthur genius: Could elusive deep-sea microbes help fight climate change?

Exposing children to microbes good for their health
Modern lifestyles with an emphasis on hyper-cleanliness have a negative effect on children's lifelong health.
Early exposure to microbes will give children the best immune start to life, insist two microbiologists who've written thought-provoking new book, Let Them Eat Dirt. Professor Brett Finlay and Dr Marie-Claire Arrieta insist there is undeniable evidence that early exposure to microbes is beneficial to children's wellbeing.

First Signs Of Animal Life On Earth May Be From Microbes
Ancient microbe fossils show earliest evidence of shell making
809-million-year-old eukaryotes turned calcium phosphate into armor
To understand the oceans' microbes, follow function, not form
Earliest Signs Of Animal Life May Be From Microbes

Paul Stamets spent his live exploring fungi, their role in enriching the forest soil with nutrients and ultimately in helping our home planet defend itself against us humans.

Pathogenic Gut Microbes Flourish in Wake of Tissue Repair Response

'The Mind-Gut Connection': Could Your Gut Microbes Be Affecting How You Feel?

Novozymes moves on Microbes in recent Acquisition

Microbes in newborn's gut may triple allergy, asthma risk

Study investigates steel-eating microbes on ship hulls

Microbes help plants survive in severe drought

Arcadia Power - sign up for alternative energy

Harness the Power of the Sun: The Complete Guide to Using Solar Energy

Composting 101

Going Green with Solar Panels in the Home

24 Ways to Make Your Classroom Eco Friendly This Year

Eco & Environmental Scholarships, Internships, and Activities

Go Green & Get Green: Tax Rebates and Incentives for Green Home Improvements

Green Jobs: A Resource Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

News & Research:
Arizona State University

Polytechnic prof Milton Sommerfeld exploring the possibilities of algae as super food, fuel, fertilizer and more

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI)

Algae Industry Magazine - news from ASU

ASU Bio Design Institute

Dr. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, Cadillo Lab

Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel

Aerobic Bioremediation

There was a toxaphene cleanup done a few years back in my area that may be of interest.

Anaerobic degradation of toxaphene will be accomplished by loading contaminated soil into lined pits or "burritos" and adding amendments, including starch, phosphate, bloodmeal and water. The burritos will be sealed and allowed to heat in the desert sun.

EPA is responding to soils contaminated with the pesticide toxaphene, resulting from the disposal activities of a pesticide aerial applicator who ceased operations over 20 years ago.

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant (2015)

New Technology for Algae Blooms

Is Yogurt Enough?

There's a controversy brewing over how to foster a good microbiome, or community of microbes in the body.
Google definition:
plural noun: microbiomes
the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body).
"we depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins"
the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in a particular environment.
"understanding the microbiome—human, animal, and environmental—is as important as the human genome"

The microbiome is the framework of the immune system, so medical researchers have been investigating.

Factors to build a strong microbiome:
A balanced diet that includes raw fruit and vegetables, fermented foods like yogurt or sauerkraut, regular exercise, drink enough water. Other factors: inherit a richly diverse and strong microbiome, birth through the vaginal canal, and breast feeding as an infant.

Harmful factors:
Antibiotics, anti-bacterial soaps and sprays, antibiotics residue in meat, pesticides and herbicides in food, carcinogens in household products, some otc and prescription drugs, chemotherapy, over-consumption of alcohol, sugar, unhealthy fats, tobacco, stress, overwork, and sleep deficit.

A word to the wise researcher: to build up a healthy microbiome, begin with the factors that help and eliminate the factors that harm. It's that simple. However,it's not so simple yogurt alone, or a daily probiotic pill, can do the trick. Developing a healthy microbiome must be a process that begins with diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices.

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