The American Academy of Microbiology has just announced the release of its newest colloquium report, The Uncharted Microbial World: Microbes and their Activities in the Environment. This report, based on a series of discussions by experts in the field of microbiology, explores the mysteries of the microbial world.
It makes for very good reading.
This brought Roger Stanier's ELASTICOTAXIS observations to mind. The individual who wrote ought to be told of this phenomenon! In addition, when I saw the several comments about being amazed by unusual aspects of bacteria I was reminded of the late Jackson Foster's paraphrasing of the Ladies Home Journal's "motto"--Never Underestimate the Power of the Microbe. He used it quite often, and it seems more apt than ever!
Posted by: ed leadbetter | February 29, 2008 at 12:08 PM