Microbial production of methane from organic material is an essential process in the global carbon cycle and an important renewable energy source.
Bacteria sourced from a desert shrub confers heat tolerance to field crops [Full subscriber]
Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) have identified bacteria sourced from a desert plant could help crops survive heatwaves.
Global ‘soil atlas’ reveals handful of bacteria dominate the Earth’s soil [Registered]
Soil bacteria play key roles in regulating terrestrial carbon dynamics, nutrient cycles, and plant productivity. However, the natural histories and distributions of these organisms remain largely undocumented. An extensive study by an international team of researchers has found that only a small percentage of bacterial species are both common and abundant in soils around the world.
Cyborg bacteria effective in producing useful chemicals from sunlight [Registered]
Researchers at the University of California Berkeley may have introduced a new era in artificial photosynthesis. They’ve devised a way to cover bacteria with cadmium sulphide semiconductor nanocrystals to breakdown CO2 into acetic acid, a potential feedstock for biosynthesis of fuels and plastics.
Scientists engineer bacterial enzyme to forge carbon-silicon bond [Registered]
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have succeeded in modifying bacterial proteins them into powerful enzymes capable of producing silicon-carbon compounds naturally and more efficiently than manmade catalysts.
Hydrogen biofuel “nano-reactor” created from bacteria and viruses [Registered]
The researchers developed “P22-Hyd” by modifying an enzyme and placing it within a protective protein shell, a “capsid”, from a bacterial virus. The strengthened biological catalyst is 150 times more efficient than the original enzyme.
Bacterium Moorella thermoacetica tricked to “photosynthesise” chemicals [Registered]
The scientists have found a way to incorporate the bacterium into a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system capable of synthesizing valuable chemical products. Researchers gifted the bacterium light-harvesting powers by integrating cadmium sulfide nanoparticles.