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February 15, 2019
This month on Microbe Talk, the Microbiology Society's podcast, we discuss the influenza vaccine with two experts, Dr John McCauley and Dr Othmar Engelhardt.
January 28, 2019
The name ‘arbovirus’ is an acronym for arthropod-borne virus, referring to viruses that are transmitted by arthropods, for example mosquitoes and ticks. Well known arboviruses include dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Zika virus. Although malaria is mosquito-borne, it is a protist, not a virus, and so is not an arbovirus.
January 22, 2019
Species within the genus Pseudomonas are amongst the most researched bacteria in the scientific community. Bacteria in this genus are widely used as model organisms in microbial research, and include a range of important species in fields such as plant pathogenicity, bioremediation, and environmental microbiology.
January 17, 2019
In 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) published the 12 Priority Pathogens. This list is a catalogue of the pathogens they believe pose the greatest threat to human health. The list draws attention to the growing incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) evolving in bacteria, a development that is particularly worrying as genetic material can be passed between different species of bacteria, spreading resistance to life-saving antibiotics.
January 15, 2019
Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are some of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been found.
January 11, 2019
This month is the first episode of a new podcast series on Microbe Talk called Domino Effect. In this podcast, Dr Lena Ciric will interview Professor Paul Hoskisson.
December 12, 2018
With the end of 2018 fast approaching, we are taking a look back at this year’s blog posts. This year has turned out to be a great one; from fatbergs to antimicrobial resistance, we really have learnt about some amazing microbiology. So here we go, a countdown of the top most-viewed posts from the blog this year:
November 16, 2018
As part of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, we are continuing our New Antibiotics Needed blog series with Salmonella. Salmonella is the gram-negative genus of bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family and iscommonly associated with food poisoning. The genus contains just two species; S. enterica and S. bongori. S. enerica is further divided into an additional six subspecies with over 2600 distinct variations also known as serovars. Salmonella is traditionally split into either typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella depending on symptoms.