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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

contractor / products
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.

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

These Invisible Organisms Hold the Key to Life on Earth

The Social Network in Your Gut
Many bacteria swap their DNA freely—sometimes with disastrous results for humans.
By Wudan Yan

Plant Microbes May Be an Answer to Our Growing Food Needs

How Microbes Could Rid the World of Zika, Obesity, and More

Surprisingly, Plant Microbes May Be an Answer to Our Growing Food Needs

Gut bacteria and the brain: Are we controlled by microbes?

biodegradable plastic
Carbios has announced the formation of CARBIOLICE, a new French joint venture shared between it, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (a heavyweight in the field of mulching films) and BpiFrance (SPI) to take on the massive worldwide plastic waste problem.

Speeding Up Solar Water Purification
by Stewart Wills
A team of scientists from Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA, has found a way to enhance solar water Purification - use the sun to kill dangerous bacteria like E. coli

Gut reaction: the surprising power of microbes | Ed Yong | Science

Bees Out Collecting Microbes

How Designers and Scientists Are Using Bees to Map NYC's Microbes

Monkeys at the zoo have human microbes in their guts

Biofiltration News
Aethlon Medical Announces Zika Virus Data
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (AEMD), a developer of immunotherapeutic technologies to combat infectious disease and cancer, announced today that its researchers have completed in vitro studies that demonstrate the rapid capture of Zika virus by the Aethlon Hemopurifier®. The Hemopurifier® is a leading broad-spectrum treatment countermeasure against viral pathogens that are untreatable with or resistant to antiviral drug therapies. At present, the immunotherapeutic technology is being advanced through an FDA approved human feasibility study.

Oregon, Union Pacific Use Microbes To Clean Up Oil Train Spill

How Did Fragile Early Microbes Become Fossils?
During the Ediacaran period more than a half billion years ago, clay mineral coats likely shielded delicate remains, helping them become exquisitely preserved in rock, recent experiments suggest.

Leschenault inlet garden to filter litter
As part of the recent upgrades to Koombana Drive, a bio-filtration garden system will be installed along the western side of the popular road.
The system is being set up in a bid to protect the Leschenault Inlet's water quality by improving the quality of stormwater runoff from Koombana Drive before it enters the inlet.

How The Microbes Inside Us Went From Enemies To Purported Superhealers
New book: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Book Review: Science writer Ed Yong puts microbes in the spotlight

Diet during pregnancy could affect newborns' gut microbes: New study
Dietary interventions during pregnancy have focused on iron and folic acid. There may be a sound argument to also discuss fat intake, according to the study (AFP Relax News)

Microbes Cause Black Film Over Parts Of Jefferson Memorial

Microbes protect cells from heavy metals, like copper

Researchers uncover a potential treasure trove of microbes living with mangroves

How Miraculous Microbes Help Us Evolve Better, Faster, Stronger
Invisible yet crucial, our microbial partners add a gene-swapping plot twist to evolutionary theory
Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration

Colon cancer susceptibility may vary with gut microbes

Study reveals some secrets of how microbes and their genes traverse the globe

UW oceanographers grow, sequence genome of ocean microbe important to climate change
Delving into deep-sea microbes

Gut microbes may affect impact and recovery from stroke

Chernobyl Microbes Are Heading to the International Space Station | Motherboard

Monique Keiran: Microbes ensure we are never alone

How Breast Milk Engineers a Baby's Gut (and Gut Microbes) How ozone and biofiltration can contribute to potable reuse

Microbes in our guts have been with us for millions of years

Research Provides New Insight Into The Evolution Of Human Microbes

Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together | The Scientist Magazine

What Gilbert Levin has to say about water quality testing and microbes on mars, at the Viking anniversary

Two's Company, Three's a Lichen?

Book: I Contain Multitudes
There is no such thing as a 'good' or a 'bad' microbe | Aeon Essays

Researchers probe microbes and health at University of Oregon symposium


Olive Green Singapore
Olive Green is a Singapore based company that develops, manufactures and distributes corn starch based bioplastic, Origo, in the form of disposable tableware, carrier bags and other packaging—CornWare, CornBag, CornPack.
Olive Green is determined to resolve the challenges brought forth by global warming as characterized by mankind's dependency on petroleum based plastics, so as to create a truly sustainable future through the consistent development and utilization of a range of high quality, revolutionary biological plastics, perpetuated strictly by core values of vocational and constitutional integrity.

Gazprom introduces new biodegradation agent to help degrade oil spills
Russian-based company Gazprom has introduced a new oil biodegradation agent called 'Bioros' that can help degrade oil spills.
The company commissioned the new agent at the facility of the Safe Technologies company in St Petersburg.
A biodegradation agent eliminates oil spills using special micro-organisms, which feed on oil products such as fuel, diesel fuel, lubricants, air and water, and clean up soils, subsoils and water sources.

Green Energy

From Microbes To Power; The Next Generation Of Electricity

Tesla Powerwall
Energy Storage for a Sustainable Home
How to make a Powerwall for $300

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon power plant, Wales

You will see from this summer's posts, the bioremediation field is exploding with activity! New studies are coming out, cities and other municipalities around the world are installing phytoremediation plants in their green spaces, and people are taking bids for bioremediation of oil spills. Also, for the first time, the medical field is beginning to acknowledge friendly microbes. Just because something is a microorganism, doesn't make it a germ!

Algae Industry Magazine
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Perovskite Solar Cells Supercharge Electricity Production - Scientific American

Biofiltration - Water Research Foundation and Trinity River Authority Partner on Innovative Research to Control Manganese During Conversion to Biofiltration

Local Microbes Can Predict Wine's Chemical Profile, Study Finds | UC Davis

Demystifying Terroir: Maybe Its The Microbes Making Magic In Your Wine : The Salt : NPR

Local microbes can predict wine's chemical profile | University of California

Microbes May Contribute to Wine's "Character" - Scientific American

Northeast Florida joins international research on microbes

Systems Metabolic Engineering Turns Microbes into Factories - Scientific American

Microbes affect the rate of skin transplant acceptance and rejection

Healthy microbes make for a resilient Great Barrier Reef

Microbes in extreme heat and cold hold lessons about life on Earth, and beyond

Antibiotics given to babies change their gut microbes for years

UW-Madison seeks to capitalize on push to harness helpful microbes

Gut Microbes Could Lead Fight Against Superbugs

Vineyard in South Africa:
How to kill unwanted snails
Army of 1,000 Ducks Used as Brilliant Pesticide Alternative

Why architects should let the microbes in -- ScienceDaily

More than 500 species of microbes think the scorching surface of solar panels is a great place to live - Quartz

Yellowstone researchers find unique microbes living in hot acid springs | Daily Mail Online

educational materials
Bioremediation, Biodegradation, Biodeterioration (BBB)

Caltrans begins prepping for stormwater runoff project on Highways 101 and 33 (Ventura County, Calif.)

These microbes can live on pure electricity

New Life Found That Lives Off

Scientific study wants to identify all the microbes in subways around the world

How to Grow Metal-Eating Microbes

Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it: a Q&A
Los Angeles Times

"The Mind-Gut Connection," Dr. Emeran Mayer
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These Friendly Microbes May Put Popular Allergy Theory To Rest

Underwater "Lost City" Built by Microbes?

Mini Microbes With Musical Tastes

Some microbes can live for millions of years - perhaps even for a quarter of a billion years.

Development of gut microbes and gut immunity linked
The microbes that dwell inside the gut have important jobs, such as making vitamins and processing nutrients. Gordon describes the community of bacteria in the gut as a microbial "organ" that must develop alongside the body's other tissues, organs and systems.

Stick insects produce bacterial enzymes themselves
In the course of evolution, genes of gut microbes 'jumped' to their insect host

National project to harness microbes for health, environment (Associated Press)
The National Microbiome Initiative announced Friday at the White House aims to bring together scientists who study the microbes that live in the human gut and in the oceans, in farm soil and inside buildings, to speed discoveries that could bring big payoffs.

Gut microbes may run in families
Some microbes in our gut may be heritable as researchers have found that parts of our microbiomes are inherited and shaped—not through a spread of microbes from parent to child, but through our genes.

Observing how microbes adapt in a spaceflight environment
by Sandy Dueck for Ames News
Microbial Tracking-1 (MT-1) is a three-part flight investigation that monitors the types of microbes present on the surfaces and in the air of the space station over a one-year period. Sampling microbes multiple times enables scientists to understand the diversity of microbes on the station and how the microbial population varies over time.

Three lessons gut microbes have taught us about antibiotics
Antibiotics have proven to be a double-edged sword: capable of killing a range of bacteria that cause infections, but also depleting our gut microbes, impairing our immune system, and increasing vulnerability to infection by superbugs. The lessons learned from how antibiotics impact the body are identifying new approaches to prevent and/or correct the adverse side effects on our 'good' gut bacteria.
Lesson #1. Antibiotics disrupt the communication between gut microbes and the immune system, creating conditions that favor infection.
Lesson #2. Antibiotic use becomes a selective pressure on bacteria, driving antibiotic resistance.Lesson
#3. Antibiotics aren't the only solution, and strategies to specifically target infectious bacteria are in early development.

Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes
Maternal antibodies engender a receptive gut environment for beneficial bacteria in newborn mice.

PTSD could be prevented with gut microbes, study suggests
by Catharine Paddock PhD
Researchers from McMaster University in Ontario find gut microbes may hold the key to curing or preventing post-traumatic stress disorder and mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

Is Obesity Infectious? Study Suggests Our Gut Microbes Can 'Spread' To Others
By Alyssa Navarro, Tech Times
In a study featured in the journal Nature, experts from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have found that a third of the spores produced by human gut bacteria can survive out in the open air.
This suggests that people we come in contact to could actually influence our own gut microbiome as the microorganisms spread through the air.

Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Contrary to the popular thought that many species are "unculturable," the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

Deep sea microbes may be key to oceans' climate change feedback
Microbe populations make up 11-31% of living matter in the ocean seabed, but decline significantly as oceans warm

New Estimate: There are 1 Trillion Species of Microbes on Earth
by Douglas Main
Jay Lennon and Kenneth Locey, researchers at Indiana University, came up with the estimate after combing through a massive amount of data, including samplings of microbial diversity from about 3,500 unique sites, ranging from human skin and coral reefs to animal intestines and mountain streams.

Studying cheese reveals how microbes interact
Microbiologist Rachel Dutton's work focuses on bacterial ecosystems in rinds
At the beginning, community members included Proteobacteria and Leuconostoc bacteria, plus candida yeast commonly found in raw milk. Within a week, Staphylococcus had overwhelmed the Proteobacteria. As the cheese ripened, Brevibacterium and Brachybacterium plus Penicillium and Scopulariopsis fungi became prominent inhabitants of the rind. That pattern held whenever those organisms congregated in a cheese in the lab.

Biofiltration: Price tag on Bangor's wastewater plant project not so high after all

Bengaluru, India: Waste processors need bio-filters to quell the stink

Bio-filters installed to curb stench at garbage unit
BBMP Mayor BN Manjunath Reddy on Wednesday inaugurated bio-filters installed at the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) waste processing plant at the Kudlu gate in East Bengaluru. Similar, Bio-filters will be extended to other waste processing plants too," said Reddy.

Lyndon Wastewater Plant Getting Help With Odor Issues Soon

Will microbes save agriculture?
Perry believes that he can repackage beneficial bacteria and fungi as something akin to human probiotics and deliver them to plants to alter their microbiome in ways that will boost growth, increase resistance to drought, disease and pests, and reduce farmers' reliance on fertilizers and pesticides.

What do microbes in your gut have to do with how you sleep?
Denver Business Journal

CU-Boulder awarded $7.5 million to study gut microbes and sleep

Here's how gut microbes train your immune system to dodge disease

Deep sea microbes may be key to oceans' climate change

Microbes mine treasure from waste | Science News for Students

Early childhood antibiotics may change gut microbes and lead to adolescent prediabetes

Every City Has Its Own Set Of Microbes, Study Reveals

Office Space Bacterial Abundance and Diversity in Three Metropolitan Areas

You're Home to Trillions of Microbes That Affect Everything From Digestion to Depression
By Sydney Lupkin

Mouth Microbes and Pancreatic Cancer
The mix of bacteria living in the oral cavity is related to a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study.

products to re-wild your microbe body
Vedanta Biosciences
Seres Therapeutics
Should we "rewild" our urban bodies with microbes from indigenous peoples? - Quartz

Good Riddance, Chemicals: Microbes Are Farming's Hot New Pesticides

Microbes can play games with the mind
The bacteria in our guts may help decide who gets anxiety and depression
BY Laura Sanders

New research on microbes that break down plastic
Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6
A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)
Ideonella sakaiensis: Newly-Discovered Bacterium Can Break Down, Metabolize Plastic
New Species of Bacteria Can Eat Plastic
Researchers Identify Plastic-Eating Bacteria
Researchers find plastic-eating bacteria in recycling plant
Plastic-eating bacteria discovered in recycling plant
Plastic degrading bacteria Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 isolated
Plastic-Munching Bacteria Can Make Trash Biodegradable
Science: Newly Identified Bacteria Break Down Tough Plastic
WASTE BREAKTHROUGH: Bacteria discovered which biodegrades plastic bottles in just 6 WEEKS
Ideonella sakaiensis at Wikipedia

Soley Biotechnology Institute
Alternative earth-friendly technology

From Wiki: The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. The organization was founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, a Dutch inventor-entrepreneur. . . . The foundation's headquarters are in the city of Delft, the Netherlands.

American Society of Agronomy
A progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global agronomy. Based in Madison, WI, ASA is the professional home for 8,000+ members and 14,000+ certified professionals (Certified Crop Advisers and Certified Professional Agronomists) dedicated to advancing the field of agronomy. The Society provides information about agronomy in relation to soils, crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun.

California State University at Chico Press Release:
Students Awarded Grant to Develop Sustainable Storm Water Filters

Microbes and nutrition/malnutrition

How Microbes Make Earth Habitable

Strange Group Of Microbes Can Thrive Deep In The Earth Without Oxygen
By Katherine Derla

Underworld microbes shock scientists: Mystery of Hadesarchaea

Ocean's plastics offer a floating fortress to a mess of microbes
The plastisphere is potentially causing changes in ocean environments

How Many Cells Are in the Human Body—And How Many Microbes?
By Michael Greshko
New counts revise a popular factoid about how many bacteria live inside us.

Country microbes, city microbes—where you live can change how you get sick New study explores evidence for "hygiene hypothesis" in urbanized areas.
by Annalee Newitz

Study reveals how fish control microbes through their gills
February 18, 2016 by Katherine Unger Baillie
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Bioremediation Technologies and Services—Outlook for 2016

Mt. Shasta City and Siskiyou County face an on-going challenge to clean up the brownfield site at what is now called The Landing, at the south end of town.

New pilot program said to save thousands at Camp Lemonnier

Biofilters Minimize Effluent Load at Malting Plant

Will Bioremediation Work At Allied? Microbial Ecologist Skeptical (Southwest Michigan)
"Message to EPA: Clean up not cover up"

Sewage behind Sal pollution: study (Goa, India)

You probably swapped gut microbes with everyone you've brushed up against on the subway - Quartz

Bioremediation 'significantly' neutralized pollution at Log Homes site, firm contends

Low-fiber diets mess up gut microbes—and changes can become heritable | Ars Technica

Being sociable may transmit 'good' gut microbes - The Economic Times

"Was Largest of Earth's Five Mass Extinctions Caused By Microbes?"

Biofilm mediated decontamination of pollutants from the environment Arindam Mitra and Suman Mukhopadhyay
Department of Microbiology, Adamas University, Kolkata 700126, West Bengal, India
Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID/NIH/HHS, Bethesda, MD, USA

Stormwater management and designing biofiltration systems
February 4, 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Conference: Applied Biotechnology, Bioremediation and Environmental Management
January 28, 2016 Greece

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