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July 29, 2019
With global soil salinity levels rising, could bacteria hold the answer to stronger plants? Gareth Raynes (@FrndlyBacteria) is a PhD student at Aberystwyth University, UK. At the Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Summer Conference which took place in June, Gareth presented a poster titled 'Exploring Coastal Plants as a Source of Plant Growth Promoting Endophytic Bacteria’. Here, he discusses his research in greater detail, and what he has learned now that he’s nearing the end of his PhD:
July 26, 2019
This is the first episode of MicroNews, where we discuss the times microbiology and microbiologists have been on TV, in the papers and trending online. This month, Laura and Matt talk about the HPV vaccine, fungal diseases and antimicrobial resistance. We also hear from Professor Sally Bloomfield who talks about the link between allergies and hygiene.
July 12, 2019
Over the last decade or so, the area of microbiome research has exploded, and scientists are just starting to realise just how important the gut microbiome is for our health. However, despite the increased interest in gut microbiome research, the vast majority of studies concern bacteria, and micro-organisms like yeasts are conspicuous by their absence in the literature.
June 19, 2019
The Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum Summer Conference is dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. Tharangika Bowange is a postgraduate student from the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Sri Lanka and will be presenting her research into the commercial potential of cyanobacteria at the conference.
June 18, 2019
Professor Gordan Dougan, FRS (University of Cambridge, UK) was awarded the Marjory Stephenson Prize at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2019. He gave his talk on ‘Putting genomics into action'. In this post, Matt Bassett gives us an overview of the lecture which you can watch below.
June 17, 2019
The Peter Wildy Prize Lecture is awarded each year for outstanding contributions to microbiology education or the communication of microbiology to the public. Professor Laura Bowater (University of East Anglia) won this year’s prize for her work as a committed science communicator who has engaged with a variety of audiences using different media and activities to raise awareness about the role of microbiology in society and of the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.
June 13, 2019
The winner of the 2019 Fleming Prize was Professor Peter Fineran, Associate Professor and Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Presented with his award for outstanding research at the Microbiology Society's Annual Conference 2019, Professor Fineran gave a talk on his research around phage resistance systems, specifically CRISPR-Cas and toxin-antitoxin/abortive infection systems.
June 12, 2019
On the second day of Annual Conference 2019, Dr Christof Fellmann presented the Microbiology Society Prize Medal Lecture on behalf of Professor Jennifer Doudna. Professor Doudna was awarded the prize in recognition for her fundamental work on CRISPR–Cas systems – used by bacteria and archaea as adaptive immunity against foreign genetic elements such as viruses. The Prize Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding microbiologist who is a global leader in their field and whose work has had a far-reaching impact beyond the discipline of microbiology.