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The intimate relationships between seeds and fungi

Fungi are almost everywhere. By influencing important processes, such as decomposition and nutrient cycling in forests around the globe, helping plants acquire nutrients from the soil, or helping them cope with enemies that munch on their leaves, fungi are important players on key aspects of... click to read more

  • Carolina Sarmiento | Research assistant at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 0843-03092, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama
Views 836
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 30, 2018
Algae Living in Salamanders, Friend or foe?

Roughly speaking, our bodies use energy from the sun, but we can't use sunlight directly. Instead, plants and algae collect sunlight and store it as chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis. We can access that fuel directly when we eat plants, or indirectly when... click to read more

  • John Burns | Research Scientist at American Museum of Natural History, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics and Division of Invertebrate Zoology, New York, United States
  • Ryan R. Kerney | Professor at Gettysburg College, Department of Biology, Gettysburg, United States
Views 1520
Reading time 4 min
published on May 22, 2018
Symbiogenesis: how algae and bacteria shaped new genes together

Genes are an essential component of every living being. They are encoded in the DNA, and contain the information needed to produce a fully-functional organism. Deciphering the origin of new genes in organisms is important to understand how living beings adapted to their environment. Genes... click to read more

  • Raphaël Méheust | PhD student at Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6, Unité de recherche Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution
  • Eric Bapteste | Professor at Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6, Unité de recherche Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution
Views 945
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 3, 2017