Healthy land

Land has a wide variety of uses: agricultural, residential, industrial, and recreational. Microbes play a key role in the terrestrial ecosystem, providing symbiotic relationships with plants. Human use of land has led to the exhaustion of nutrients in soils, contamination of land, and a reduction in biodiversity. Applying our knowledge of microbes will be essential in restoring the biodiversity of affected ecosystems. Greater research into how microbes impact human life on land could all have a positive impact, by increasing crop production, repurposing areas of land and improving microbial biodiversity in soil, land, and water.


Lethal Toxoplasma parasite strain killed California sea otters and could threaten other marine life

Necropsies of sea otters show they died of a virulent form of Toxoplasma infection first detected in mountain lions in Canada.

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Surge in highly contagious killer fungus poses new threat to amphibians across Africa

The worst wildlife disease in history, chytridiomycosis, began to spread widely in Africa in the year 2000 and may be causing overlooked epizootics, a new study reveals.

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