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Microbial Advent Calendar – 10 Chocolate and Bacteria

What would be an advent calendar without chocolate? Christmas is invariably associated with this delicatessen, it is present everywhere around us. I am pretty sure we all already ate at least a tiny chocolate Santa. What I didn't know, is that to have a good chocolate, you need good cocoa…
Adrien
December 10, 2017
Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 09 Pine Microbiome

Belated day 09 of the Microbial Advent Calendar, today we have a look at the Pine Microbiome. Trees are covered with bacteria and in some cases are intimately associated with some, often at the root level. Endophytic bacteria, located within the plant for at least part of its life cycle…
Adrien
December 10, 2017
Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 08 Nano Bacterial Christmas lights

The Arctic is definitely an incredible place. Today in our  Microbial Advent Calendar we look at amazing Microbial factories. In a 2016 paper (here) Plaza et al., identified several gammaproteobacterial strains capable of synthesizing fluorescent nanoparticles or quantum dots. Quantum dots are nanoparticles that are their own central theme in…
Adrien
December 8, 2017
Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 07 Penguin Microbiome

We stay at the poles for the day 7 of our Microbial Advent Calendar with a recent study (paper here) on the bacterial communities associated with the stomach contents of two different species of Penguins. The study took place on the British Antartic Survey station located on Signy Island (google…
Adrien
December 7, 2017
Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 06 Two Cousins from Opposite Poles

Day six of our Microbial Advent Calendar - today we look at two cousins from two poles: Octadecabacter arcticus and Octadecabacter antarcticus. They belong to the Roseobacter family within the Alphaproteobacteria class. These rod-shaped bacteria are found, like their name suggests, in icy water in the Arctic and Antarctica. They…
Adrien
December 6, 2017
Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 04 Microbial ice life

It's the Fourth day of our Microbial Advent Calendar! Today we have a look at the incredible diversity in the ecosystem of Santa's snowy surroundings. At first glance, ice sheets and glaciers are quite devoid of life, but they are in fact unique biomes. If you look closely those nutrient…
Adrien
December 4, 2017
Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 03 Reindeer Microbiome

Santa Claus is often associated with his flying reindeer pulling his sled through the Christmas night. The story apparently comes from the 1837 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore. The poem describes the original magical reindeer, but Rudolf would only be added in 1939 by Robert…
Adrien
December 3, 2017
Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 02 Ursidibacteria

Today in our Microbial advent calendar, we showcase Ursidibacter maritimus and Ursidibacter arcticus,  two non motile gram negative bacteria isolated from the oral cavity of brown and polar bears! Would you go swab that?   The original paper is there.
Adrien
December 2, 2017
Bacterial snow Fun

Microbial Advent Calendar – 01 Snowmaking Bacteria

This year I have decided to try to do a series of fun little posts entitled Microbial Advent Calendar over the course of December. Until Christmas I will try to come up with random microbial facts cetered around various Christmas, cold and winter themed topics. Snow and Christmas are two…
Adrien
December 1, 2017