Farming amoebae carry around detoxifying food

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 09:01 in Biology & Nature

Humans aren't the only farmers out there. Five years ago, the Queller-Strassmann lab at Rice University, now at Washington University in St. Louis, demonstrated that the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum—affectionately nicknamed "Dicty"—can maintain a crop of food bacteria from generation to generation, giving these farmers an advantage when food is scarce.

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