Beneficial bacteria in New York City soils

A soil survey of bacterial genes that code for therapeutic natural products finds that New York City parks contain rich biosynthetic diversity and predicts that genetic signatures of many known therapeutic bacteria are present in a single city, suggesting that an intense exploration of local soil microbiomes for useful bacteria may prove as fruitful as surveys of diverse environments, according to a study. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-15581: “Urban park soil microbiomes are a rich reservoir of natural product biosynthetic diversity,” by Zachary Charlop-Powers et al.