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The Quorum Sensing Site part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website is home of the Quorum Sensing Research Group at the University of Nottingham and aims to be a "one stop shop" for quorum sensing (QS) research. The site includes an overview of ...

Fungi Help Reduce Transplant Failures at the Roots part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article reports that inoculating trees with mycorrhizal fungi prior to or at planting has revolutionized the reforestation of mined lands and similar projects. The fungi form a kind of ...

Collaboration via Slime Mold part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This hands-on activity gives students the opportunity to use skills and concepts developed in a unit on cells with an unknown organism. They are asked to design and complete a controlled experiment ...

Microbial Mat Education Page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA educational page features Earth's Earliest Ecosystems in the Classroom: a web site dedicated to the use of microbial mats to illustrate and demonstrate general principles of scientific ...

Stromatolite Explorer: Investigation of a Microbial Mat Community part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This animated video takes students on a journey through a microbial mat. The assigned mission is to probe a microbial mat by following an imaginary 0.10 mm stromatolite explorer as it descends ...

Slime Mold: The Blob on the Lawn part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This horticultural informational page discusses slime mold, including its description, life cycle, damage, control, and literature sources.

Introduction to the "Slime Molds" part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This educational page introduces the three main groups of slime molds: plasmodial slime molds, cellular slime molds, and Labyrinthulomycota. It offers a description of each and discusses their life ...

Ferroplasma acidarmanus part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides a description and photograph of Ferroplasma acidarmanus, a newfound archaeon microbe that eats iron, lives in acid-drenched conditions, and has been identified as a chief ...

Australians Sweep up Black Smoker Chimney part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This brief web article features an Australian research team who dredged up a black smoker from the deep waters of the Bismark Sea. The article recounts the team's expedition and discusses the team's ...