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Soil health is as environmentally important as air and water quality, say microbiologists

(Microbiology Society) Healthy, sustainably managed soil is a critical ecosystem for continuous sustenance of plants, animals and humans globally. While the concept of ‘soil health’ still continues to evolve, the versatility of the concept allows its adoption by many stakeholders.

Rhesus macaques develop promising immune response to SARS-CoV-2

In a promising result for the success of vaccines against COVID-19, rhesus macaque monkeys infected with the human coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 developed protective immune responses that might be reproduced with a vaccine.

Feral colonies provide clues for enhancing honey bee tolerance to pathogens

Understanding the genetic and environmental factors that enable some feral honey bee colonies to tolerate pathogens and survive the winter in the absence of beekeeping management may help lead to breeding stocks that would enhance survival of managed colonies, according to a study.

Stanford: forecasting coastal water quality

(Stanford University) Using water samples and environmental data gathered over 48 hours or less, Stanford engineers develop a new predictive technique for forecasting coastal water quality, a critical step in protecting public health and the ocean economy.

Evolution in a test tube: These bacteria survive on deadly copper surfaces

The descendants of regular wild-type bacteria can evolve to survive for a long time on metallic copper surfaces that would usually kill them within a few minutes. An international research team was able to produce these tiny survivalists in the lab and has been able to study them more closely.

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Museum scientists: Prepare for next pandemic now by preserving animal specimens in natural history

Authors of a new article urge researchers who conduct host-pathogen studies to adopt vouchering practices and to collaborate with natural history museums to permanently archive host specimens, along with their tissue and microbiological samples.

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Antibiotic resistance from random DNA sequences

An important and still unanswered question is how new genes that cause antibiotic resistance arise. In a new study, researchers have shown how new genes that produce resistance can arise from completely random DNA sequences.

Antibiotic resistance from random DNA sequences

An important and still unanswered question is how new genes that cause antibiotic resistance arise. In a new study, researchers have shown how new genes that produce resistance can arise from completely random DNA sequences.