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Microbiology Today: the impact of air pollution on bacteria
June 11, 2021
In this episode of Microbe Talk, Laura speaks with Lillie Purser, PhD student at the University of Leicester. Lillie’s research explores how air pollution can affect the way bacteria behave, specifically strains of bacteria involved in the health condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The microbial risks of UK urban flooding
June 3, 2021
I am a currently studying in the department of civil and structural engineering, supervised by Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler, Dr James Shucksmith, and Dr Henriette Jensen. As my undergraduate degree was in Biology, working in the engineering department has definitely been a big change. However, it’s really exciting to see how biology can be applied to civil engineering to help investigate complex problems, such as the risk posed by floods to public health.
Why should we study Astrobiology?
January 11, 2021
Astrobiology is the study of life throughout our universe, but why is it worth studying?
In the second instalment of the two-part Space and Microbiology video series, Dr André Antunes takes us through the importance of studying astrobiology.
Breaking bottles: microbial degradation and remediation of PET plastic
November 24, 2020
Microplastic pollution is currently at the forefront of public interest in environmental science, with widespread effort to curb plastic usage in order to mitigate environmental catastrophe. In this blog, Jack Henderson discusses the role microbes have to play in solving the plastic pollution problem.
Why is soil microbiology important?
August 28, 2020
As part of our ‘A Sustainable Future’ policy project, we spoke to Professor Matthew Goddard from the University of Lincoln about his research into the soil microbiome. In this video he tells us more about the importance soil microbes in agriculture, the impact of chemical fungicides and why microbes are vital for more sustainable food production, and thus achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Microbe Talk: a sustainable future in soil health
May 22, 2020
As part of our 'A Sustainable Future' policy project, the Microbiology Society's policy team have produced three special episodes of Microbe Talk to explore the role of microbiology to address some of the world’s biggest challenges. This episode, Hannah speaks with Dr Ellie Harrison, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield and Luke Hillary, PhD student at Bangor University to find out about how their research into soil health contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
New microbes found in dogs, people and an elephant seal
April 7, 2020
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.
Microbe Talk: Managing mildew
March 27, 2020
This month on Microbe Talk, Laura speaks with Haoxiang Wu, PhD student at Hong Kong Baptist University. In some tropical climates, mould growth is managed by near-constant use of dehumidifiers or air conditioners, which has a great environmental impact. Haoxiang’s research involves using fluid dynamics to control indoor mould growth in a sustainable way.