Microbe Talk: October 2015

Posted on October 27, 2015   by Anand Jagatia

This month’s podcast is all about microbes in remote and hostile environments.

Ben spoke to Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist from the University of Leicester, about NASA’s recent announcement that there is liquid water on Mars. Lewis told us more about the discovery, and how microbes might be able to survive in this extremely salty Martian environment.

We also hear from Dr Kevin Newsham of the British Antarctic Survey. Kevin spoke to us about his expeditions to the maritime Antarctic, and the impact of climate change on soil fungi and the ecosystems found there.

Microbes on Mars and Antarctic soil fungi

Show notes:

  • Lewis’s website, where you can find out more about his work
  • Kevin’s group’s paper on climate change and soil fungi in the Antarctic, published in Nature Climate Change
  • The Society’s grants page, where you can apply for the awards mentioned in the podcast (deadline 30 Nov 2015), as well as many others

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Image credit: Kevin Gill on Flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0