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The root microbiome influences scales from molecules to ecosystems: The unseen majority

Plants are teeming with microbial organisms including those that colonize internal tissues as well as those that adhere to external surfaces. In the rhizosphere, the plant-associated microbiome is intricately involved in plant health and serves as a reservoir of additional genes that plants can access when needed. Microbiome regulation of plant trait expression affects plant performance, which in turn influences various ecosystem functions, such as primary productivity and soil health. Understanding these plant- and microbe-driven interactions requires a study of the nature and effects of the plant microbiome. Conceptualizing the microbiome requires a synthesis of microbial ecology, physiology, and bioinformatics, integrated with insight into host biology and ecology. Microbiome structure and function analyses are recognized as essential components to understand the genetic and functional capacity of the host (previously assigned solely to the host) and include vital aspects of metabolism and physiology. Here, as a special section, we present a set of papers that address the complex interactions between plants and root microbiomes in the rhizosphere. This unseen majority spans scales; with its microorganisms numerically dominant in terrestrial ecosystems, the root microbiome is also involved in plant genetics through integral roles in plant trait expression that can effect community composition and ecosystem functions, such as soil health.
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Microbe video of the week: NPR Animation of the Human Microbiome | microBEnet: The microbiology of the Built Environment network.

Microbe video of the week: NPR Animation of the Human Microbiome | microBEnet: The microbiology of the Built Environment network. | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
“ Microbiology of the Built Environment - Site for the MicroBEnet project”
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Staged phage attack of humanises microbiome of mouse

Staged phage attack of humanises microbiome of mouse | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
Basically they built on [a] germ free mouse model and introduced a defined set of cultured microbes that came from humans. And then they stage[d] a phage attack on the system and monitored the response of the community to the phage attack. They (of course) also did a control - in this case with heat killed phage. And they compared what happened to the live phage. I love this concept as they are able to control the microbial community and then test dynamics of how specific phage affect that community inside a living host.
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Life, But Not As We Know It - RedOrbit

Life, But Not As We Know It - RedOrbit | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
Life, But Not As We Know It
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The findings, led by scientists from the University's School of Life Sciences, could offer new insights into how defective cells can multiply out of control in diseases such as cancer.
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Q&A: Robert Sampson, social scientist, on how neighborhoods shape our lives - SmartPlanet.com (blog)

Q&A: Robert Sampson, social scientist, on how neighborhoods shape our lives - SmartPlanet.com (blog) | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
Q&A: Robert Sampson, social scientist, on how neighborhoods shape our lives
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A professor of social sciences at Harvard University, Sampson is also the author of Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect.
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Massive draft report warns warming is changing life in US

Massive draft report warns warming is changing life in US | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
A massive new federal scientific report says global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and how Americans live.
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The Guardian : The Forensic Science Society prepares members for the real world

The Guardian : The Forensic Science Society prepares members for the real world | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
Wright State University (The Forensic Science Society prepares members for the real world - WSU Guardian: The Forensic Science Society pr...
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American Way Of Life Affected By Climate Change - Science News - redOrbit

American Way Of Life Affected By Climate Change - Science News - redOrbit | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
US government scientists warn global warming is already having a notable impact on the day-to-day lives of Americans. (Climate Change Already Impacting US Citizens, Report Claims: redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Unive...
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Microbiome Changed by Gluten Increases Incidences of Type 1 Diabetes, say Mayo Clinic Researchers

“ Research has shown that the intestinal microbiome plays a large role in the development of Type 1 diabetes.”
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[VIDEO] Our Microbiome—Identifying the Worlds Within

From the surface of our skin to deep inside our gut, humans are teeming with microbes. The trillions of microorganisms that inhabit humans make up 1 to 3 percent of our total mass and play a vital role in our everyday functions and overall health. More than 100,000 species of bacteria have been identified in the human body, though the population distribution of bacteria can vary greatly from individual to individual. Deciphering the complexity of the human microbiome will help determine new methods for health management and treatment of disease.
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Staged phage attack of humanises microbiome of mouse

Staged phage attack of humanises microbiome of mouse | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
Basically they built on [a] germ free mouse model and introduced a defined set of cultured microbes that came from humans. And then they stage[d] a phage attack on the system and monitored the response of the community to the phage attack. They (of course) also did a control - in this case with heat killed phage. And they compared what happened to the live phage. I love this concept as they are able to control the microbial community and then test dynamics of how specific phage affect that community inside a living host.
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Milky Way 'teeming with Earth-like planets capable of supporting life' - The Independent

Milky Way 'teeming with Earth-like planets capable of supporting life' - The Independent | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
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Milky Way 'teeming with Earth-like planets capable of supporting life'
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The Kepler scientists reported about 3,000 planetary "candidates", estimated by taking photographs every 30 minutes of about 150,000 stars.
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Smartphones are killing us — and destroying public life - Salon

Smartphones are killing us — and destroying public life - Salon | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
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Smartphones are killing us — and destroying public life
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No observer can fail to notice how deeply this development has changed urban life. A deft user can digitally ....
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Endangering the American Cause

Endangering the American Cause | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
Bradlee Dean writes about the dangerous ideology of atheism in government. Dean also explains the facts behind the so-called "Jefferson Bible" that an atheist and humanist group distorted and sent to the 113th Congress.
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Using Cultural Technology in the Culture War

Using Cultural Technology in the Culture War | Life Sciences and society | Scoop.it
Get conservative news that matters with photos, videos, live updates, editorial, and analysis. (RT @rightsidenews: Right Side News Using Cultural Technology in the Culture War: We often talk about a culture war, b...
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