Tag Archives: taxonomy

Don’t underestimate biodiversity

When you are delimiting species, the units of biodiversity, you must be as up-to-date as possible. We are everyday finding out new things about the living world: discovering new species, reworking the classification and affinities of old ones,

Why identify microscopic photosynthetic bacteria called Cyanobacteria?

Cyanobacteria, the small, harmless bacteria, are invisible to the naked eye. Cyanobacteria photosynthesize like all plants do and thus produce the oxygen we breath. In nature they can be found almost everywhere from the open ocean, to

Lyme disease causing Borrelia are genetically distinct from their relapsing fever causing cousins

Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and its relatives, is currently the most prevalent vector-borne disease in North America and temperate regions of Eurasia. Increasing temperatures have expanded the habitat range for

Chlamydia-like parasites are comprised of two main groups

The genus Chlamydia is best known for the species Chlamydia trachomatis and C. pneumoniae, which are causative agents, respectively, of the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection and community-acquired pneumoniae, bronchitis, and sinusitis. The genus Chlamydia and other