Category Archives: Micro-organismen

Your gut is your second brain

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Your gastrointestinal tract is now considered one of the most complex microbial ecosystems on earth, and its influence is such that it’s frequently referred to as your “second brain.” Nearly 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms compose your gut microbiome, and advancing science has made it quite clear that these organisms play a major role in your health, both… Read more »

Why Earthworms are Important and how to Boost them

Earthworms are one of the most important organisms in soils. Earthworms mix together different layers of soil and incorporate carbon in the form of organic matter into the soil. It’s within this process of mixing that disperses the organic matter throughout the soil and makes the nutrients held in it available to plants. In addition earthworms propagate microorganisms in their gut… Read more »

We zijn schoner dan ooit. Te schoon, misschien

Uit een artikel van Trouw “We zijn schoner dan ooit. Te schoon, misschien” Als gezonde mensen gezond willen blijven, hebben ze juist contact nodig met allerlei verschillende soorten microben, zegt Smits: “Als we voldoende signalen krijgen van micro-organismen om ons heen, wordt ons afweersysteem opgevoed. Daardoor kan het een beter onderscheid maken tussen signalen die lichaamseigen en lichaamsvreemd zijn, en… Read more »

Bijen sterven sneller door omstreden onkruidverdelger glyfosaat

De meest gebruikte onkruidverdelger ter wereld beschadigt gezonde bacteriën in de ingewanden van honingbijen en maakt ze vatbaarder voor dodelijke infecties. Dat heeft nieuw onderzoek aangetoond. Eerdere studies hebben aangetoond dat pesticiden zoals neonicotinoïden schadelijk zijn voor bijen, waarvan de bestuiving essentieel is voor ongeveer driekwart van alle voedselgewassen. Glyfosaat, het meest gebruikte onkruidbestrijdingsmiddel ooit en vervaardigd door Monsanto, richt zich op een enzym… Read more »

Fast and hardwired: Gut-brain connection could lead to a “new sense”

The mysteries of our “second brain” are a profound new frontier in 21st century medical science. While research is rapidly discovering amazing connections between our gut and our brain, little is known about how these two distinct parts of the body communicate with each other. A remarkable new study has upturned existing ideas surrounding gut-brain communication, revealing a fast-acting neural circuit… Read more »

There are more microbial species on Earth than stars in the galaxy

For centuries, humans have endeavoured to discover and describe the sum of Earth’s biological diversity. Scientists and naturalists have catalogued species from all continents and oceans, from the depths of Earth’s crust to the highest mountains, and from the most remote jungles to our most populated cities. This grand effort sheds light on the forms and behaviours that evolution has… Read more »

Gut Bacteria Can Produce Electricity

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Researchers have discovered that bacteria that are part of the human gut microbiome have the ability to produce electricity, using techniques that differ from known electrogenic bacteria. Scientists from the University of California Berkeley have found that Listeria monocytogenes and hundreds of other bacterial species produce electricity, a discovery that could yield living batteries from microbes. “The fact that so many bugs… Read more »