Microbial Life


From Oceanus Magazine

A Lobster Trap for Microbes

3-D-printed device reveals the chemicals that attract microbes

The Unseen World on Coral Reefs

A hidden microbiome underlies health of reef ecosystems

The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom

Many ingredients mix in the ocean to make toxic shellfish

The Bacteria on Your Beaches

Are more antibiotic-resistant bacteria getting into the ocean?

In the Gardens of the Queen

Joint U.S.-Cuban expedition explores pristine Cuban coral reefs

The Amazing Acquired Phototroph!

Stealing parts from their prey, these hunters turn into farmers

What Happened to Deepwater Horizon Oil?

Did dispersants help microbes break down oil?

New Device Reveals What Ocean Microbes Do

Instrument may also help monitor sewage treatment plants

Life Dwells Deep Within Earth's Crust

What is living there and how?

Endangered Whales Get a High-Tech Check-Up

Drones give researchers an unparalleled view of marine mammal health

Journey Into the Ocean's Microbiomes

A scientist examines a tango between marine animals and bacteria

Minerals Made by Microbes

Some geology naturally requires biology

A Mighty Mysterious Molecule

Chemical compounds are the currency in ocean ecosystems

Recipes for Antibiotic Resistance

A student examines the bacterial bouillabaisse in the coastal ocean

A Green Thumb for Ocean Microbes

Growing marine bacteria in the laboratory is a challenge

A Telescope to Peer into the Vast Ocean

Epic voyage begins to illuminate the micro-universe across the Pacific

Bringing a Lab to the Seafloor

New device probes deep-sea microbial life

Big Questions About Tiny Bacteria

Novel experiments probe how life thrives at the seafloor

Uncovering the Ocean's Biological Pump

Scientists reveal the hidden movements of particles and chemicals in the sea

Drug Discovery in the Ocean

Marine microbes are potential sources of disease treatments

Lush Life, Deep Down

Thriving biodiversity discovered under the seafloor

Behold the 'Plastisphere'

Colonies of microbes flourish on tiny bits in the ocean

What Doomed the Stromatolites?

Scientists find key clue to an ancient enigma

An Oddity about Lyme Disease Bacteria

Unlike any other known life form, they don't require iron

Corals' Indispensable Bacterial Buddies

Like humans, corals may be superorganisms

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

The sea holds potential to combat resistance to antibiotics

The Harshest Habitats on Earth

Life blooms in Deep Hypersaline Anoxic Basins

An Ocean Instrument Is Born

Meet SID: the Submersible Incubation Device

Fungi Flourish Below the Seafloor

Searching for life in the deep sea, scientists find surprises

Bacteria Hitchhike on Tiny Marine Life

Why do pathogens settle on animals called copepods?

Barnacles and Biofilms

Could tiny predators help banish barnacles?

Bacteria Exhibit Altruistic Behavior

Some microbes make antibiotics to benefit their kin

Internship Pairs Scientists and Students

WHOI scientist/FA teacher plays matchmaker

Symbiosis in the Deep Sea

Scientists discover how bacteria living with shrimp make a living

Marine Microbes vs. Cystic Fibrosis

Scientist seeks medicines from nature

The Ocean's Tiny Chemists

A new tool helps sort out a hubbub of microbial activity in the sea

A Drop in the Ocean is Teeming with Life

Scientists reveal hidden relationships among marine microbes

Of Predators, Prey, and Petroleum

Do microscopic marine animals help bacteria degrade oil?

Oil, Microbes, and the Risk of Dead Zones

Did oil-eating microbes deplete oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico?

Recycling Rare, Essential Nutrients in the Sea

Key marine bacterium appears to thrive by reusing scarce iron

Microbes Hitch Rides on Plastics in the Sea

Scientists reveal hidden microscopic world on floating plastic debris

Bacterial 'Conversations' Have Impact on Climate

'Quorum sensing' helps control how carbon moves in the sea

Rose Kantor

Quorum sensing among bacteria

Cara Manning

Tracking the greenhouse gas N2O

Exploring an Icy, Invisible Realm in Antarctica

Audio Slideshow: Researchers search for tiny marine life at the heart of a fertile ecosystem

The Hunt for Microbial 'Trojan Horses'

Should we beware of protists bearing pathogens?

Another Greenhouse Gas to Watch: Nitrous Oxide

Where are steadily rising levels of the gas coming from?

Tracking Nitrogen's Elusive Trail in the Ocean

The 'isotope effect' offers a new way to follow where nitrogen goes

A Tale of Two Oceans, and the Monsoons

Tiny seafloor shells could reveal big clues to the forces that generate monsoons

Listening In As Bacteria 'Talk' to Each Other

A graduate student explores the microbial mysteries of quorum sensing

The Spiral Secret to Mammal Hearing

... and other recent research findings by WHOI scientists

Testing the Waters and Closing Beaches

Researchers seek faster, better ways to detect harmful bacteria

Mining the Origins of Life

... and other recent research findings by WHOI scientists

Some Things New Under the Sea

... and other recent findings by WHOI deep-ocean researchers

Microbes That 'Eat' Natural Gas

Scientists identify bacteria that convert chemicals in surprising ways

Growing Marine Plants Need Their Vitamins

Vitamin B12 has impacts on the ocean food web and Earth's climate

Cell-sized Thermometers

Can the shells of microscopic organisms be used to measure past deep-ocean temperatures?

Deep-sea Tubeworms Get Versatile 'Inside' Help

Scientists find first known organism that makes organic carbon by two different means

The Oceans Are Filled with Microbes. Some Are Nasty

What environmental conditions foster outbreaks of pathogenic bacteria?

Legions of Legionella Bacteria

Scientists find a surprising number of microbes in the sea

Ocean Microscope Reveals Surprising Abundance of Life

Widespread bacterial colonies may play crucial role in ocean ecosystem

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Unlike other magnetotactic bacteria, the "barbell" bacterium heads in its own direction

Little Things Matter A Lot

Overlooked in the ocean until the 1970s, cyanobacteria are among Earth's most important organisms

The Deeps of Time in the Depths of the Ocean

Discoveries of unusual marine microbes are radically changing our views about the evolution of life

New Instrument Sheds Light on Bioluminescence

A WHOI engineer invents a device to measure a critical but elusive ocean phenomenon

Revealing the Ocean's Invisible Abundance

Scientists develop new instruments to study microbes at the center of the ocean food web

Living Large in Microscopic Nooks

Newly discovered deep-sea microbes rearrange thinking on the evolution of the Earth? and life on it

Is Life Thriving Deep Beneath the Seafloor?

Recent discoveries hint at a potentially huge and diverse subsurface biosphere