Teamwork Makes Bacteria More Effective
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.
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