The exopolysaccharide curdlan is useful in industry (e.g. pharmaceuticals, foods, bioplastics, building material). But why do certain microbes produce it? How does it help survival?
Humans respond to extreme shock with a strong rush of adrenaline. This response helps survival (at least in some cases). How do bacteria respond to
The latest discovery made by a student and I involves the bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Compared to the original ‘wild type’ strain (left), a mutant (right)