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Researchers Study Grapevine Microbiota

by Louise Lerner-Argonne National Laboratory News Office
When we drive past sunny fields of grapes, we might think we're seeing how they’re doing—but much more is going on invisible to the human eye: vines and roots teeming with bacteria, viruses and fungi that all impact how those grapes will grow.

Stunning Zinc Fireworks When Egg Meets Sperm

by Megan Fellman-Argonne National Laboratory News Office
Sparks literally fly when a sperm and an egg hit it off. The fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in “zinc sparks,” one wave after another, found a Northwestern University-led interdisciplinary research team that includes experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.