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From Parasite to Mutualist: Rapid Evolution of Wolbachia in Natural Populations of Drosophila part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a research paper on a case study in Wolbachia evolution published in PLoS Biology in 2007. The study takes advantage of a natural experiment - the spread of Wolbachia through California ...

Hot Springs Microbes Hold Key To Dating Sedimentary Rocks, Researchers Say part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a ScienceDaily article about the effect of microbes on sedimentary rock formation. It covers the process of calcium carbonate crystalization, the effect of microbes on that process, and how ...

Two faces of the prokaryote concept part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a review article from International Microbiology (2006) which explores the history and future of the prokaryote concept. Topics covered include the seminal 1962 'Concept of a ...

How Many Wolbachia Supergroups Exist? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a brief article from Molecular Biology and Evolution (2002) on classification of Wolbachia by molecular phylogenetics. The introduction to the paper provides an overview of previous ...

Wolbachia: Evolutionary novelty in a rickettsial bacteria part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a research article on Wolbachia evolution published in BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2001. It presents a molecular phylogenetic study of Wolbachia, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia. Two gene ...

BIOLOGY OF WOLBACHIA part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is an extensive review of Wolbachia biology published in 1997. Topics covered include history of discovery and study, phylogeny and distribution, Wolbachia-induced alterations in host ...

Mix and match: how climate selects phytoplankton part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a research article from the journal Nature on the link between climate-driven physical processes and evolution of microbial communities in the ocean. Topics covered include oceanic nutrient ...

The bacterial species definition in the genomic era part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a research article published in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (2006). The authors use a comparative genomics approach to evaluate the current bacterial species ...

Sequences, sequence clusters and bacterial species part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a review article on bacterial species definition from The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (2006). The paper covers current/past means of identifying bacterial species, ...

Eukaryotic microbes, species recognition and the geographic limits of species: examples from the kingdom Fungi part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a review article about fungal biogeography published in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (2006). The authors advance the ideas that (a) the perceived geographic ...

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