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SEM imaging of bacteria in carbonate sediments and rocks part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Journal of Sedimentary Petrology scholarly paper details the findings of Robert Folk, the "father of nannobacteria." Folk is credited with discovering nanobe structures in carbonate ...

Bioluminescence part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Bioluminescence webpage is an entry in Kimball's online biology textbook. It discusses the ability of living things to emit light, the various molecules involved, how fireflies control their ...

Dominance of Vibrio fischeri in Secreted Mucus outside the Light Organ of Euprymna scolopes: the First Site of Symbiont Specificity part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal article analyzes symbiont specificity of the Euprymna scolopes-Vibrio fischeri symbiosis. Previous studies have demonstrated that, during ...

Blaxter Lab Neglected Genomics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website features the University of Edinburgh's Blaxter Lab for Neglected Genomics. The site serves as a jumping point to various aspect of the lab, including people, research, useful links, ...

Microbial Factor-Mediated Development in a Host-Bacterial Mutualism part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science Magazine scholarly article explores the function of bacterial signal molecule Tracheal cytotoxin (TCT) in the mutualistic symbiosis between the bacterium Vibrio fischeri and the squid ...

The Worm that Boasts Earth's Hottest Lifestyle part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This brief Exploratorium dispatch reports that the Pompeii worm, an inhabitant of hydrothermal vent ecosystems, can withstand hotter temperatures than any other creature on earth can -- except for ...

Evidence of Chemolithoautotrophy in the Bacterial Community Associated with Alvinella pompejana, a Hydrothermal Vent Polychaete part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal article analyzes the bacterial community associated with Alvinella pompejana (Pompeii worm), suggesting that members of both the episymbiont and ...

Hot-Water Worms May Use Bacteria as Shield part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Geographic news article highlights research being done to study the Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana), the most heat tolerant complex organism on Earth, and its microscopic symbionts. ...

Visick Lab: Home of the Vibrio-Euprymna Symbiosis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website features general information about the lab of Karen Visick, which studies the genes needed to establish an interaction between the small Hawaiian squid Euprymna scolopes and its ...