In the body, bacteria are always interacting with liquids like blood, mucous or stomach fluid. But it's not always linked to hot tubs, as a teen in … Cyanobacteria were once known as blue-green algae. Created by. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 08, 2013: Thank you very much for the kind comment, jonnycomelately! Eleven days later, she watched anxiously from the Kennedy Space Center in the dead of night as her bacteria returned safely. Thank you for the comment. Facklamia Faecalibacterium (comes from poo) Negativicoccus is quite funny! When a team of biologists and physicists measured how much force it took to yank C. crescentus off a surface, it was about 5 tonnes per square inch. Photorhabdus luminescens does something similar to its victims, and it glows an unearthly green while doing it. Dec 28, 2020. Thanks for the comment, moronkee. As a former Medical Technologist who worked with bacteria in humans, I learned a lot here today. Scientists aren't sure why P. luminescens glows. Keywords: career, quirky, work; Asked by zambiekittehcatt to Ian on 17 Mar 2014. It worms its way into the insect's bloodstream, then spits up the bacteria. The world's strangest natural wonders. Strange Antarctic Bacteria That Live Off Air Alone Could Be Key to Finding Alien Life . Bacteria living around hydrothermal vents in the ocean require a temperature of at least 90°C (194°F) in order to survive. Spell. I appreciate your support a great deal! rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 03, 2013: First of all congratulations on HOTD and secondly, WOW! Have you ever wondered what would happen if you gave an elephant too much LSD, or if you cut the head off an animal and put it on another animal? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you gave an elephant too much LSD, or if you cut the head off an animal and put it on another animal? Quorum sensing allows bacteria to coordinate their actions and produce a stronger effect on their environment. Presumably, the antibiotics P. luminescens makes to ward off freeloader microbes also keep the wound clean. Let me be one of the first to congratulate you - HOTD. I really liked biology when I was in High school. View image of A dead moth grub infected by Photorhabdus (Credit: Dante Fenolio/SPL), View image of Listeria monocytogenes can commandeer a cell's "skeleton" (Credit: Michelle Rengarajan), View image of Myxococcus xanthus spores (Credit: Eye of Science/SPL), View image of Deinococcus radiodurans can withstand lethal radiation (Credit: Michael J. Daly/SPL), View image of Snottites, home to Acidithiobacillus (Credit: Thierry Berrod, Mona Lisa Production/SPL), View image of Atlantic bobtail squid (Sepiola atlantica) carry Aliivibrio (Credit: Angel Fitor/SPL), View image of Caulobacter crescentus is distinctly sticky (Credit: Martin Oeggerli/SPL), View image of Geobacter metallireducens breathes electricity (Credit: Derek Lovley/SPL), View image of A Magnetospirillum bacterium (Credit: Dr Terry Beveridge/Visuals Unlimited/SPL), View image of Streptomyces bacteria living among soil particles (Credit: Hildgund Schrempf), View image of Streptomyces bacteria live in the soil (Credit: Eye of Science/SPL). www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150730-ten-bacteria-with-superpowers Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Blakemore noticed that some bacteria always moved to the same side of the slide when he was observing them under a microscope. Keywords: career, quirky, work; Asked by zambiekittehcatt to Ian on 17 Mar 2014. It is interesting to read about the mutually beneficial relationships between bacteria and other organisms. Several kinds are predators that attack other bacteria. At that point, they germinate and start the swarm anew. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 2013: Thank you very much, Sue. Some strains of this bacterium make us sick, and others make useful substances in our intestine. That tradition goes back to 1928, when Alexander Fleming discovered the very first antibiotic, penicillin; bacteria-killing mold was growing in an open petri dish that had been accidentally exposed to the air. The need to allow and aid biodiversity in compost heaps, in order for the composting to "work" well, is paramount. At night, it becomes active and feeds mainly on small crustaceans, such as shrimp. The resistant bacteria reproduce quickly, and the resistance spreads. The world's strangest natural wonders Scenic beauty draws tourists to and from all corners of the world, and some of the most stunning sites of all don’t even look like they belong on this planet. Scientists are investigating ways in which the magnetic properties of bacteria might help humans. When night arrives, the bacterial population is once again sufficiently concentrated to produce light. Some kinda funny / long / weird ones: Burkholderia pseudomaleii Xanthomonas campestris Methyloversatilis is a tongue twister! If only a few bacteria are present in an area, the level of the signaling molecule is too low and the bacteria don't respond to its presence. These pigments give the cells an orange or red color. There's a suitably grim possibility: it may be ordering its next meal. Predatory bacteria attack and kill other bacteria. Within a week, they had their answer: lactococcus garvieae, a rare bacterial infection. I appreciate it! A. fischeri likes warm water, and tends towards the Pacific, while cold-loving A. logei prefers the Atlantic. That's a good description of the role that bacteria play in our world! The bacteria Vampirococcus sound like something from a sci-fi/horror movie, but fascinating nevertheless. At the top of most dangerous bacteria Scientifically called as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has ravaged the world for centuries. Two examples of the bacteria are described below. Scientists didn't realize that certain bacteria could detect magnetic fields until a 1975 discovery by Richard P. Blakemore, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Acidithiobacillus also makes caves sparkle. And you obviously are in love with your subject. Answer: Nostoc is a genus of organisms known as cyanobacteria. "Extreme" environments (by human standards) include those with a very high or very low temperature, those with a high pressure, salinity, acidity, alkalinity, or radiation level, or those with no oxygen. Additionally, biofilms grown during spaceflight had a greater number of live cells, more biomass, and were thicker than control biofilms grown under … Magnetotactic bacteria collect iron from their environment, and make magnetite nanocrystals in little sacs. The bacterial cells produce a signaling molecule known as an autoinducer. Thank you very much for the congratulations , Kawi! Uniquely, these small, freshwater invertebrates reproduce entirely asexually and have avoided sex for some 80 million years. The squid is camouflaged when it's active. This week, researchers detailed their finding of relatively mammoth bacteriophages, viruses … They are often referred to as bacteria, but most microbiologists feel that this term is inaccurate. We still have much to learn from microbes. Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University [CC BY-SA 2.0] Another question is could an early form of this plague have been partially responsible for the extinction of the … The … It was inhabited by a reddish organism. Archaeons look similar to bacteria under a microscope… How does D. radiodurans do it? DAVID NIELD. Saved by Utah Valley … Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 15, 2013: This was pretty amazing. Another now-important antibiotic, vancomycin, was first … The animals have a bean-shaped light organ, or photophore, below each eye. Scientists suspect that the stalk, in addition to being sticky, is also good at picking up nutrients. Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 15, 2013: Hi Alicia. By Well That's Weird Join us on a descent into the underbelly of society to uncover the wild world of weird. The squid has a light organ in the lower part of its body that contains a bioluminescent bacterium called Vibrio fischeri. Food … Home » Fish » Strange Bacteria Are Attacking California’s Trout Supply - The New York Times. Not only can it can withstand an amount of gamma radiation that would kill a human, it can handle 3,000 times that amount. That means … The bacteria benefit from living in the light organ by receiving nutrients and oxygen from the fish's blood. Weird and Dangerous Bacteria Found Inside the Air Conditioner of an Operating Room. The arrow points at bacteria on the proboscis of this flea preserved in amber, which researchers believe may be an ancestral strain of the bacteria that causes bubonic plague. You did a lot of research on this one, and your time and effort has resulted in a great Hub about unusual bacteria. Yes, the extremophiles are fascinating. It splits in half, and the half that isn't stalked heads off as a new swarmer. Pedobacter…. There are a number of different kinds of flashlight fish, all belonging to the same family (the Anomalopidae). The researchers also performed additional … The information you presented is very useful.Thanks. Some of these habitats are inhospitable to humans or difficult for us to explore. Thank you so much for the comment, Bill! Naegleria fowleri. CU-Boulder-led team finds microbes in extreme environment on South American volcanoes. For one, it's chock-full of antioxidants, such as the carotenoids that give it its scarlet hue. Bacteria are single-celled, prokaryotic organisms that come in different shapes. Very informative and detailed article on bacteria. The Earth's magnetic field pulls the magnetic crystals so the bacteria line up pointing north and south. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 18, 2013: Hi, pinto2011. I agree - bacteria are very interesting! Bdelloid rotifers are one of the strangest of all animals. 9 years ago. pyogenes are cocci shaped bacteria that typically colonize the skin and throat areas of the body. Each individual moves by sticking out a long, skinny "pilus", which looks like a hair. Ian Hands-Portman answered on 17 Mar 2014: I can’t show the pictures yet as we’re waiting for it to be published but in the deep sea samples we found viruses longer than the bacteria they were infecting – around three … Match. Underneath that Caulobacter-infested water, the mud buzzes with electricity. AliciaC , this is a wonderful hub! For example, fungus-farming ants and beetles use them to protect their crops from other kinds of bacteria. Each magnetic crystal is a tiny magnet that has a north pole and a south pole, just like other magnets. The other might have nothing to eat, but the right wires to dispose of electrons. D. radiodurans solves this challenge by keeping four or more backup copies of its genome, separated in four compartments. All the bacteria then respond in the same way at the same time. P. luminescens can get into human wounds, but it usually doesn't cause disease. You could get hired as a biology textbook writer...and congrats on HOTD~. Unlike many bacteria living in our food, Listeria grows pretty well in the refrigerator. Samples of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa were cultured for three days in artificial urine. For example, pathogenic bacteria (ones that cause disease) often have an improved ability to attack the body when they coordinate their behaviour. As they digest those yummy metals, the bacteria excrete sulphuric acid. The high pressure prevents the water from boiling. Syphilis is included here because in history, it was one of the most … These bacteria, which grow in long filaments in the earth worldwide, exude a chemical called geosmin. :). Those that are left reproduce. They are the actual invisible churner of this world. Subhas from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2013: Hi AliciaC! Bacteria get dangerously weird in space. I am not sure it is the weirdest name but it is a cool bacteria that can survive massive doses of radiation. Both the bacteria and the squid benefit from their relationship. She finds the study of microorganisms fascinating. The bacterium was discovered in 1956, by scientists trying to sterilise canned food with radiation. Thanks for the fun facts that I can use playing Trivia. It is this we recognise in a freshly-turned field. Who knew? The species respond to a chemical signal only when the concentration of the molecule reaches a specific level. C. crescentus doesn't spend all its life stuck down. An old mine is ideal. Yes, although some bacteria are dangerous, others are very useful! Another cell usually eats that finger: a grave mistake, as it gives the bacterium a new place to play. This microorganism is an autotroph, which means it gets its carbon (food) from carbon dioxide in the air. Share on Reddit. The flashlight fish is nocturnal. Thank you for sharing. Magnetosomes contain either magnetite or greigite, which are magnetic crystals. Jim Peaco, National Parks Service, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain image. Geosmin is also responsible for the earthy flavor of beets – and, unfortunately, the muddy taste of some fish, wine and water. The squid likes Aliivibrio too, because it provides camouflage so the squid can cruise the night-time ocean undetected by predators. From the University of Colorado at Boulder, proof that life can inhabit just about anywhere. So well written, beautiful photos and videos, well presented. Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning By Maria Temming January 21, 2021. When it lands in a cell, Listeria immediately starts collecting bits of the cellular skeleton, called actin, around itself. When it finds a nice place to settle down, such as a pebble or a plant, it drops the flagellum and grows a stalk. The bacteria live together in slimy "snottites" — yes, that's what scientists call them — dangling from the cave walls. Having taught science I knew about a couple of these things, but a great amount of it I did not. List the three agents of decay. Weird bacteria facts show that the amount of bacteria present in your mouth is much greater than the amount of people living in this world. drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 14, 2013: It seems, Alicia, that some types of bacteria may not be as simple as we once thought. As the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced, airborne viruses and bacteria pose a serious global challenge for disinfection. Bacteria, plants, and animals (including humans) produce electrons during metabolic reactions. Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on June 14, 2013: What a fabulous hub Alicia! Also known as “the brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri lives in warm … It splits in half, and the half that isn't stalked heads off as a new swarmer. It's scary to … You have opened a whole new world to me, thanks so much for the education. D. radiodurans is found all over the world in many kinds of environments, probably because dried-up bacteria ride the wind. Erin Wilson from Michigan on July 03, 2013: Thank you for presenting the article in a way that is both informative and fun to read. Specific bacteria carry out the oxidation of alcohol to acetic acid in the production of vinegar. Thermophilic bacteria live in hot environments. Linda Crampton has an honors degree in biology and many years of teaching experience. The acid dissolves limestone, which creates tiny gypsum crystals. Most of the bacteria in the photophore are released into the ocean. Afterlife- the strange science of decay. Myxococcus spores can resist heat and dryness, but they look pretty wimpy compared to Deinococcus radiodurans. Thanks for the visit. Why would your toes be glowing orange? All the nearby Myxococcus slurp up the resulting slurry. It thrives in places where there's almost nothing for it to eat. But it's not really the soil you're smelling: it's the Streptomyces living in it. Write. ARS, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain license. Fortunately for us, its victims are insects. I really enjoyed reading about all the interesting bacteria. A newborn C. crescentus, called a swarmer, swims around powered by a rotating tail called a flagellum. With all the hype during flu season, and the recent Ebola "crisis", we thought it … The bacteria slow down and start to build a tower. They can survive surrounded by toxins like arsenic and mercury. It truly deserves the accolade of HOTD. Magnetospirillum travels back and forth along the magnetic line. Bacteria communicate with each other via the transmission of signaling molecules between different cells. Bioluminescent bacteria are found in sea water, in sediments on the ocean bottom, on the bodies of dead and decaying marine animals, and inside ocean creatures. The bacteria can be found in soil and water or on plants, but it really shows its stuff when it lands in an animal or person. Cecil Wilde from Melbourne, Australia on July 03, 2013: This is fascinating! Since magnets are attracted to each other via their opposite poles, the magnetic crystals in the bacteria are attracted to the Earth's magnetic field. Some of the facts are really new to me. Flashcards. This is somewhat like plants, which also get their food from the air, but unlike humans, who have to eat other plants and animals to survive. In other fish, the photophore is moved into a pocket in the eye socket to hide the light. Different Geobacter species can build a network, allowing them to trade resources. Bacteria are oh so interesting. You're so right - there is still a lot to learn about microbes! In 2018, scientists found that even some of the bacteria living in our gut can do this, though the current is too weak to hurt us. "Normally, Bacillus is rod-shaped; but the starved bacteria shrank until they were almost spherical." If a sufficient number of bacteria are present, however, they produce enough of the molecule to trigger a specific response. If a slimy cave doesn't sound like home to you, how about the insides of a bobtail squid? Scientists are continuing to discover weird-as-hell viruses all over the world. The bacteria indirectly detect their population density and change their behaviour when a "quorum" is present. A bacteria called Wolbachia gets weird when it invades gonads of butterflies and other insects. Their ability to survive and thrive in such hostile environments is amazing! PLAY. To transfer their electrons to solid metals, they grow nanowires called pili. A really interesting and informative hub! Kawi. In the morning, the squid carries out a process called venting. Stacking on top of another, layer by layer, about 100,000 bacteria assemble themselves into a yellowish, globular fruiting body. The squid can safely putter about looking for shrimp to eat. One special population of this "bold traveller" has turned into a bit … 10x magnification. Inspired by Reddit, we put together a selection of such unheard-of creatures and weird animals as a Dumbo Octopus, Pink Fairy Armadillo, Star-Nosed Mole, and Aye-Aye. But thanks to Aliivibrio, the squids glow blue-green, so they blend right in with the moonlight. Anthony Watts. But the real problem with radiation is that it rips apart DNA. Microbes known as archaeons frequently live in extreme conditions. Weird bacteria facts show that the amount of bacteria present in your mouth is much greater than the amount of people living in this world. Thanks for the visit and the comment. The only … The Myxococcus release antibiotics and digestive enzymes to paralyse the unlucky victim and break it down. By waggling its flagellum, Magnetospirillum travels back and forth along the magnetic line, looking for the oxygen to rise or fall until it finds a happy medium. Erythrasma is a chronic skin condition caused by bacteria. I appreciate your visit. D. radiodurans holds the title of "most radiation-resistant lifeform". Thanks for the enlightenment! Studies have shown that bacteria fall into two distinct groups, based on their different characteristics. There is so much there to discover! The flashlight fish in the video above is named Photoblepharon palpebratus. This microorganism is an autotroph, which means it gets its carbon (food) from carbon dioxide in the air. Researchers are discovering that they are widespread in aquatic habitats and in soil. So-called hot tub lung is a rare condition caused by bacteria that can thrive in warm water. Cutaneous anthrax. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 03, 2013: I love it when friends of mine get recognition. The process is an example of quorum sensing. It's very possible that there are amazing abilities of bacteria still to be discovered and that some of these abilities may improve our lives. Some bacteria live in extreme environments and are known as extremophiles. Glanders. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park: the orange area is made of thermophilic microbes that contain orange pigments called carotenoids. Question: What is the strangest virus/ bacteria you have seen in your career? It uses its light to communicate with other fish and to attract prey. The extremophiles, in particular, are quite fascinating as they inhabit environments that are so extreme for any other form of life on the planet. I enjoy creating fiction and poetry, too. Thanks! They prefer very specific oxygen levels: some, but not too much. This corkscrew-shaped bacterium, and others such "magnetotactic" species, align themselves to Earth's magnetic field. Scientific Reports , 2021; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-80034-5 Cite This Page : In JLA #42, the size-changing superhero the Atom discovered that the brain tumor of a young boy was is a city housing an entire community of intelligent bacteria. Its presence in foods like raw milk or soft cheeses can cause food poisoning, with flu-like symptoms or diarrhoea. These counter dangerous chemicals called free radicals, which are made by radiation. It was the first time the bacteria had ever been found in California. These bacteria are among the most abundant members of the microbiome in multiple tick species (Di Lecce et al., 2018; Duron et al., 2017; Hernández‐Jarguín, Díaz‐Sánchez, Villar, & de la Fuente, 2018), suggesting a potentially mutualistic relationship (Lo … I knew very little about bacteria and this is amazing. Strange Bacteria Are Attacking California’s Trout Supply - The New York Times tamituna.blogspot.com. At any point Before this discovery, it was thought that only certain bacteria living in environments such as caves and deep lakes were electrogenic, or capable of producing an electric current. Their idea of "fresh air", then, is a place with lots of dissolved metals like iron or manganese, or even uranium or plutonium. (Voted Up). In the latter classification scheme, archaeons (members of the Archaea domain) aren't considered to be bacteria. Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning By Maria Temming 7 hours ago. DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on July 03, 2013: Very interesting. Archaeons look similar to bacteria under a microscope, but they are very different genetically and biochemically. This is a snippet of an article we posted here. Some bacteria live in extreme environments and are known as extremophiles. Nostoc has some interesting features, but I’ve never heard of any luminescent species in the genus. A lot of the medications that we depend upon today were discovered in some distinctly yucky places. Or if barcodes are the mark of the devil? They tend to live in brackish water, like bogs, or the sediments at the bottom. Strange but True: Antibacterial Products May Do More Harm Than Good Antibacterial soaps and other cleaners may actually be aiding in the development of superbacteria. For instance, one might be able to eat the surrounding nutrients, but have nowhere to dump its electrons. It's often known as the eyelight fish. The list of bacteria known to produce an electric current (or a flow of electrons) is growing. Hi, Elias. Flickr/drpavloffThe New York City subway is a germ-filled place.Thanks to a new study, we now know that we share our commutes with around 600 different species Thank you so much for the comment, Mary! You have make this topic alive by writing a whole lot of info about bacteria. Different kinds of Aliivibrio inhabit different squids in different oceans. I appreciate the vote and the share, too. In the sediments, where oxygen is scarce, Geobacter is using electrical energy to breathe. Researchers are discovering that some bacteria have amazing abilities that are interesting in their own right and may be helpful to humans in the future. Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 03, 2013: Congrats on your well deserving HOTD. Usually it isn't serious, but listeriosis can cause pregnant women to miscarry, and it can be dangerous for people with weakened immune systems. Peace. Hyperthermophilic bacteria live in extremely hot environments that have a temperature of at least 60°C (140°F). This is an extremely interesting hub about unusual bacteria. https://scribol.com/science/biology/7-deadliest-bacteria-on-earth The last one, Aye-Aye (not to be confused with aye aye, captain), deserves a paragraph of his own, not only because it’s a weird animal, but also of its unique foraging method, called percussive foraging. The daily venting means that the bacteria never become so numerous that they can't obtain enough food and energy for light production. Thank you very much, Cynthia. 0. I never knew that bacteria could communicate with each other. Read about our approach to external linking. Thanks for all the great information. Living insects might be drawn in by the light, only to meet a horrific fate. Explain how blowflies respond to the decay … Some can survive in extreme environmental conditions that would kill humans; some can produce light or electricity; and some can detect and respond to magnetic fields. A newly-hatched squid will collect bacteria from surrounding seawater into special cavities, called the light organ, on its underbelly. The story behind the things that make you "well, that's weird" can be found right here, or wherever you get … The bacteria use amino acids and sugars in the light organ as food. Alicia, that is an awesome Hub. I don't help to keep HubPages in business, though! Thank you, DDE. Share on Twitter. Agricultural use. The result was the growth of a new species of bacteria: Sulfurimonas marinigri. Group B strep disease in newborns. Bacteria existed, of course, but microbes that could ingest lignin and cellulose—the key wood-eaters—had yet to evolve. He also observed that if he placed a magnet next to a slide, certain bacteria always moved towards the north end of the magnet. The shelf-life of tap water is about 6 months, after which bacteria starts to grow. It's very nice to meet you! Then C. crescentus gets down to the business of making baby bacteria. These groups are known as the kingdoms Eubacteria and Archaebacteria or as the domains Bacteria and Archaea. By Yutat Kitat Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Fish. They grow a flagellum and swim around seeking any metal, dissolved or solid. So maybe human imagination is not so out of line with reality. Like the creature from The Blob, the swarm preys on everything in its path. 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