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Growth and death in bacterial communities

Growth and death in bacterial communities

Growth and death in bacterial communities

The coastal waters of the Red Sea have enough resources to support bacterial growth, but predation by protistan grazers limits the population, according to new research from KAUST. Since bacteria are vital players in the marine food web, determining the factors that affect their growth and abundance is critical to understanding marine ecosystems and how they will respond to climate change. Read more >>> Read more

The fiddlers influencing mangrove ecosystems

The fiddlers influencing mangrove ecosystems

The fiddlers influencing mangrove ecosystems

The types of bacteria present in and around mangrove fiddler crab burrows in three different geographic locations were compared by KAUST researchers. They found that the crabs' burrowing activity changed the sediment in a way that attracted different types of bacteria across the three locations: however, the bacteria performed similar functions, such as aerobic respiration, and ecological services, such as turnover of organic matter. Read more >>> Read more

Speargrass recruit sandy microbes for help

Speargrass recruit sandy microbes for help

Speargrass recruit sandy microbes for help

Sticky, sandy sheaths surrounding the roots of three speargrass species growing in the Namib Desert recruit whatever growth-promoting bacteria are available in the surrounding sand. This is contrary to the more specialized root sheaths of plants growing in resource-rich soils, where different plant species recruit different types of bacteria. Read more >>> Read more
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