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How Soil Biology Impacts N on the Farm

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The importance of our soil biology and its activity is not often spoken about when farmers are considering their N inputs for the season. Instead rates and expected dry matter tend to be the main talking points. Overlooking the biological processes is what limits farmers from getting the most out of their N inputs. It also illustrates why we often see… Read more »

A comparison of the sizes of various microorganisms, cells, and viruses

Microorganisms are so small compared to humans that you might be tempted to think that they’re all about the same size. As this video shows, that is not at all the case. The rinovirus and polio virus are 0.03 micrometers (μm) wide, a red blood cell is 8 μm, a neuron 100 μm, and a frog’s egg 1 mm. That’s… Read more »

Probiotics detoxify harmful chemicals from the body

The study of gut health and the microbiome is on the cutting edge of wellness, and people are returning to diets that include fermented, probiotic foods. Kombucha is massively popular today, as is kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt and other natural homemade foods, and our understanding of the benefits of probiotics continues to grow. We are learning how mood may be heavily influenced… Read more »

Wide range of drugs affect growth of gut microbes, study says

It’s not just antibiotics that affect our microbes – a quarter of drugs designed to act on human cells do so too. A wide range of drugs from cancer therapies to antipsychotics affect the growth of microbes that are found in our gut, researchers say, highlighting that it is not only antibiotics that can have an impact on our internal… Read more »

Schoonmaakspray even schadelijk voor longen als pakje sigaretten per dag

Het regelmatig gebruik van schoonmaakmiddelen, in de vorm van een spray, is net zo schadelijk voor je longen als het roken van een pakje sigaretten per dag. Dat zeggen onderzoekers van de Universiteit van Bergen. Voor het onderzoek van de universiteit werden 6.000 mensen twintig jaar lang gevolgd. Vooral vrouwen die deze schoonmaakproducten gebruikten hadden significant vaker last van hun… Read more »

Fiber-fermenting bacteria improve health of type 2 diabetes patients

Dietary fibers promote gut bacteria that benefit blood glucose control The fight against type 2 diabetes may soon improve thanks to a pioneering high-fiber diet study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Promotion of a select group of gut bacteria by a diet high in diverse fibers led to better blood glucose control, greater weight loss and better lipid… Read more »

Yale study reveals gut bacteria can spread to other organs to trigger autoimmune disease

A new study from Yale University has discovered that a certain type of gut bacteria can migrate from the gut to other parts of the body, triggering autoimmune diseases. The research revealed that certain autoimmune conditions, such as autoimmune liver disease and systemic lupus, could potentially be treated with an antibiotic or vaccine that attacks the specific bacteria. A huge… Read more »