By: Janet Grischy
The algae zooxanthellae are not coral, but they make coral reefs possible. They live within the body of coral polyps and busily photosynthesize, which the coral themselves, being animals, cannot do. This is why reef-building coral polyps, which do not need sunlight themselves, only live...
By: Janet Grischy
Bacteriology is the subdivision of microbiology that deals with the identification, classification, and characterization of bacteria. It also finds ways to make efficient use of bacteria in industry and medicine, to fight bacteria that are dangerous to human life or property, and to gather pure...
Do you think genetic altering is right or wrong?
By: Mark Morford
Who Loves Designer Vaginas?This just in: Science and nature are mocking America's fickle God. Please, no screaming.What are you gonna do about it?What are you gonna do about the fact that Mother Nature once again appears to be thwarting and mocking and...
A look at algae's symbiotic relationships
By: Keith Hamburger
Symbiosis is a mutually beneficial relationship between two organisms that are completely unrelated. There are numerous examples of symbiosis in nature and many of them involve unicellular plants, called algae, living in cooperation with a wide variety of animals and fungi. Most organisms that rely...
A brief introduction to virology
By: Thomas A. Bradley
A Brief Introduction to Virology Part IViruses are, by far, among the most difficult organisms on the planet to deal with. They are not truly living things. They do not carry out their own metabolism, nor do they reproduce on their own. They require a...
A look at bacteriology
By: Keith Hamburger
Bacteriology is a specialization of microbiology concerned with the study of bacteria and their actions and relationships. Having impacts in medicine, agriculture, food production and preservation and much, much more, this field of study has become important in our understanding of the world around us...
What are tardigrades? (Invertebrate Phylum Tardigrada)
By: M E Skeel
Tardigrades. What are they? Their name means 'slow walkers' and their common name is 'water bear' because they do have a rather bear-like appearance under the microscope, if you ignore the fact that they have eight legs. They have also been called moss piglets. They...
By: Janet Grischy
Nearly everyone has seen mushrooms poking their frilled caps up through the litter in a forest, and probably many have assumed they were plants. They are not; they are the fruiting bodies of a fungus, and their sole purpose is to produce and distribute spores...
DNA points the way in biological identifications
By: Keith Hamburger
Using DNA to identify unique and related species is a powerful tool that has only recently become available to biologists. Just like DNA identification is being used to identify individuals involved in criminal activity by forensic scientists, biologists can use DNA to differentiate between different...
Fungal dispersal mechanisms
By: Megan Worley
Fungi, like most plants, are immobile and so to reach any new habitat they must either grow into new areas, often too costly a method, or find a way to disperse seeds so that they can find their way into new hospitable environments.Although fungal...

 

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