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Microbial Advent Calendar 2k18 – House of Mussel

After a short break, we stay in the deep sea with another fascinating symbiotic system. For this Microbial Advent Calendar weekend, we have a look at the bathymodiolin mussels! I personally worked with those mussels during my Ph.D. and they keep on fascinating me as an organism capable of establishing so many…
Adrien
December 17, 2018
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Microbial Advent Calendar 2k18 – Bone eater!

In the depth of the ocean, you chew on what you can! We examine the curious case of the Osedax worm for the 11th day of the Microbial Advent Calendar! Many marine worms have established symbioses with some type of bacteria, the most common association is between worms and sulfur-oxidizing bacteria.…
Adrien
December 13, 2018
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Microbial Advent Calendar 2k18 – A light in the dark

Deep in the dark ocean we go for Day 4 of the Microbial Advent Calendar! Where the anglerfish lure prey with their bioluminescent headlight organ at the end of a modified fin! And you guessed right this organ houses a bunch of bacteria who generate the light! You find many…
Adrien
December 5, 2018
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Microbial Advent Calendar – 11 Yeti Crabs

For the 11th day of the Microbial Advent Calendar what about a fantastic winter themed monster? Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the mythical, the mysterious, the only one, the YETI crabs... *Cough, Cough* Unlike its (still) elusive homonym, the yeti crab is the informal name of a deep…
Adrien
December 11, 2017