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August 1, 2019
Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titled 'Beyond diphtheria toxin: cytotoxic proteins of Corynebacterium ulcerans and Corynebacterium diphtheriae' and was chosen by Dr Jörg Stülke.
July 9, 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.
July 3, 2019
Viruses are defined as infective agents that can only multiply within the living cells of a host. Their evolutionary origins are slightly unclear, but theories include evolution from plasmids or bacteria. Viruses can infect all forms of life, and 6 years after their discovery by Dmitri Ivanovsky in 1892, bacteriologist Ernest Hanbury Hankin reported that an unknown agent in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers could kill cholera.
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 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.
May 30, 2019
Anaerobe 2019: Changing perceptions of anaerobic bacteria; from pathogen to the normal microbiota and back is taking place 13–14 June 2019 at Jurys Inn Cardiff. The meeting is being organised by the Microbiology Society in collaboration with the Society for Anaerobic Microbiology and Welsh Microbiological Association. We spoke with one of the organisers, Trefor Morris, about the upcoming meeting.
May 16, 2019
Last week, a group of Microbiology Society staff visited the Bacterial World exhibition at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and were lucky to be accompanied by our President, Judith Armitage, who was lead research consultant for the exhibition.
May 7, 2019
The Journal of Medical Microbiology (JMM) is a journal published by the Microbiology Society, focused on providing a comprehensive coverage of medical, dental and veterinary microbiology and infectious diseases, including bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. This month, Dr Kim Hardie has selected an outstanding paper from the May issue to highlight as Editor's Choice. The paper, titled 'Synthesis of conjugated PIA-rSesC and immunological evaluation against biofilm-forming Staphylococcus epidermidis' discusses strategies researchers are using to develop a conjugate vaccine against S. epidermidis.