• Microbiology Editor's Choice: understanding a mycobacterial thermophile

    June 1, 2020

    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 'A genuine mycobacterial thermophile: Mycobacterium hassiacum growth, survival and GpgS stability at near-pasteurization temperatures' and it was chosen by Dr Jen Cavet. 

  • MicroNews May

    May 29, 2020

    MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. This episode, Laura and Matt discuss how microbiologists are working to improve the pneumococcus vaccine, the new species of fungus discovered through the power of social media and how microbes could be used to reduce coral bleaching.
     

  • Lockdown science project: help Holly identify these moulds

    May 28, 2020

    Earlier this month, we were contacted about a very important request: help with nine-year-old (nearly 10!) Holly's lockdown science project. Holly 'accidentally' grew some pretty amazing fungi in a home petri dish and has asked our members for help in identifying them. 

  • Coronastream: neuropsychiatric features, Hydroxychloroquine and the predicted impact on African nations

    May 26, 2020

    In this special blog series, medical microbiologists led by Dr Tim Inglis summarise some of the research that will be essential to inform COVID-19 countermeasures. Find out more about the project in Dr Inglis' Editorial 'Logic in the time of coronavirus', published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

  • 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)

  • The 2020 Policy Forum for Wales

    May 21, 2020

    In April, Lauren Kerr, PhD candidate at Cardiff University virtually attended the Policy Forum for Wales. The event discussed how Welsh policy-makers aim to attract and retain a strong workforce, and the role research plays in this. Here, Lauren discusses the event. 

  • Professor Rita Colwell: winner of the Prize Medal 2014

    May 20, 2020

    Each year, the Microbiology Society awards five Prize Lectures in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology. The awards celebrate the outstanding applications of microbiology to research, education and translation and all members are invited to nominate an outstanding microbiologist for the Microbiology Society Prize. We got in touch with former Microbiology Society Prize Medal Winner Professor Rita Colwell (University of Maryland, USA) to find out how the award has since impacted her research.
     

  • Coronastream: protective immunity, transmission dynamics and clinical presentations

    May 18, 2020

    In this special blog series, medical microbiologists led by Dr Tim Inglis summarise some of the research that will be essential to inform COVID-19 countermeasures. Find out more about the project in Dr Inglis' Editorial 'Logic in the time of coronavirus', published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

  • JMM Editor’s Choice: mechanisms of colistin resistance

    May 15, 2020

    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 Kim Hardie discusses the paper ‘Mutations in the two component regulator systems PmrAB and PhoPQ give rise to increased colistin resistance in Citrobacter and Enterobacter spp.’ which was selected as Editor’s Choice from the April issue of JMM.
     

  • Professor Gordon Dougan: Winner of the Marjory Stephenson Prize 2019

    May 13, 2020

    Each year, the Microbiology Society awards five Prize Lectures in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology. The awards celebrate the outstanding applications of microbiology to research, education and translation and all members are invited to nominate an outstanding microbiologist for the Microbiology Society Prize. We got in touch with former Marjory Stephenson Prize winner Professor Gordon Dougan, University of Cambridge, to find out about his work and what winning the prize meant to him.