December 10, 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.
JMM Editor's Choice: investigating host responses to infection by Staphylococcus aureus and/or Burkholderia cenocepacia
December 9, 2019
The Journal of Medical Microbiology (JMM) is a journal published by the Microbiology Society, focused on providing comprehensive coverage of medical, dental and veterinary microbiology and infectious diseases, including bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. This month, Dr Marcello Riggio has selected ‘Staphylococcus aureus products subvert the Burkholderia cenocepacia-induced inflammatory response in airway epithelial cells’.
Evaluation of genome transmission in the parasite Leishmania after ablation of key DNA replication factors
December 4, 2019
Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of articles from members who were awarded Harry Smith Vacation Studentships this summer. This week is David Anderson, a final year Microbiology student at the University of Glasgow.
December 2, 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 ‘Engineering the PduT shell protein to modify the permeability of the 1,2-propanediol microcompartment of Salmonella’ and was chosen by Professor Dave Kelly.
November 29, 2019
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbiology has been in the news during the past month. In this episode, Matt and Laura discuss the differences in microbial diversity in rural and urban areas, climate change and its effect on otters and a piece of new research investigating how an emerging virus might affect frogs.
November 27, 2019
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most difficult problems we face. Scientists are increasingly turning to nature to find novel antimicrobials and agents to help in the fight against AMR. Dr Georgios Efthimiou from the University of Hull is looking for novel agents that can prevent biofilm formation, a phenomenon that can make infections incredibly difficult to treat. He presented his work at the ‘Antimicrobial drug discovery from traditional and historical medicine’ Focused Meeting which took place in October.
November 25, 2019
The Federation of Infection Societies Conference 2019 (FIS 2019) took place at the EICC, Edinburgh, UK on 11–14 November. We've turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the conference.
November 22, 2019
As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we are continuing our New Antibiotics Needed blog series detailing the twelve pathogens thought by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to pose the greatest threat to human health. Next on the list is Streptococcus pneumoniae.