Teamwork Makes Bacteria More Effective

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Bacteria

The number of species of bacteria, rather than any particular type, plays a crucial role in performing ecological services such as breaking down pollutants and waste, according to British and Canadian research published in Nature.

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This finding has important implications for the way in which microbiologists view bacterial communities. Rather than searching for 'superbugs' that are capable of breaking down a pollutant, it might be better to search for efficient communities that work particularly well together.

The break-through finding was made by a team of researchers from the University of Oxford, the Centre for Ecology

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