The perils and promises of microbial abundance: novel natures and model ecosystems, from artisanal cheese to alien seas.

Abstract

Microbial life has been much in the news. From outbreaks of Escherichia coli to discussions of the benefits of raw and fermented foods to recent reports of life forms capable of living in extreme environments, the modest microbe has become a figure for thinking through the presents and possible futures of nature, writ large as well as small. Noting that… (More)

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