48 minutes | Dec 2nd 2020

Let It Snow: Pseudomonas Syringae, The Bacteria that Helps You Build a Snowman

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Pseudomonas syringae is a rod-shaped, Gram-negative bacterium with polar flagella. It is a plant pathogen that can infect a wide range of plants, which you probably don’t find interesting, but the fact that they may control the weather might peak your interest. Think walking in a winter wonderland.First though, Cat's won our Twitter poll,  (Dogs vs. Cat's coming soon), but as Amber points out, Dog people might be more likely to go outdoors and less like to be shut-ins like Jennifer, which makes Cat people more likely to be on Twitter voting in our poll.  Also, prunes are plums, one of us didn’t realize this. And anyone else remember the Goosebump episode about prunes? One of us did not.American Society for Microbiology published an article that peaked Jennifer's interest on this week's topic. The article was called "The Discovery of Pseudomonas syringae in the Air" (see the link posted below). David Sands, a plant pathology professor at Montana State University, discovered P. syringae in the air by getting in a plane, flying said plane above some croplands, opening the window, and holding a petri dish outside the plane. Why was he interested in bacteria in the sky?  Find out why in this week's episode of Better Than Human. https://asm.org/Articles/2019/January/Snow-Is-Coming-Whats-That-Have-to-Do-with-Microbe For more information on us, visit our website at betterthanhumanpodcast.comFollow us on Twitter @betterthanhuma1on Facebook @betterthanhumanpodcaston Instagram @betterthanhumanpodcaston TikTok  @ https://www.tiktok.com/@l_a_mander (if it still exists in the US)or Email us at betterthanhumanpodcast@gmail.comWe look forward to hearing from you, and we look forward to you joining our cult of weirdness!#betterthanhuman #cultofweirdnes
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