A Spore of Hope


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Humans face an existential problem: feeding billions of people in a warming world. But there’s a ray of hope. And it all starts with microbes.

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Microbes are everywhere! Learn about the bacteria living in the depths of the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific Ocean, and what they might tell us about life in outer space on one of Jupiter’s moons.

Microbes have been around a long time! Check out the world’s oldest fossilized fungus.

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Read more about the “communication” between fungi and plants happening under our feet.

Listen to Nat Geo contributor Joel Bourne Jr. discuss his book, The End of Plenty.

And for paid subscribers:

How the tiny country of the Netherlands is pioneering the future of sustainable agriculture.

And learn all about the trillions of microbes that live inside us!

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