• JMM Editor’s Choice: Increasingly limited options for the treatment of enteric fever in travellers returning to England

    October 20, 2021

    In this blog, Dr Norman Fry discusses ‘Increasingly limited options for the treatment of enteric fever in travellers returning to England, 2014–2019: a cross-sectional analytical study’ which he selected as Editor’s Choice in the Journal of Medical Microbiology after its publication in August.
     

  • New microbes discovered in a tomato plant, on a throat swab and on a salamander

    October 19, 2021

    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: Infectious: Pathogens and How We Fight Them

    October 14, 2021

    COVID-19 has put the subject of infections and pathogens firmly on the centre stage. But it can be difficult to know where to go to find information that is easy to understand and that you can trust. This week Matt talks to Dr Tregoning, author of ‘Infectious: pathogens and how we fight them’, a book that gives a fascinating overview of our ongoing fight against pathogens, uncovering success stories in immunology and virology, and providing some hope in these uncertain times.

  • Champions Talk

    October 12, 2021

    Arindam Mitra, Microbiology Society Champion and Professor of Microbiology at Adamas University, India, organised the online championship event ‘Champions Talk’ with collaboration from Microbiology Society champions and supported by the Microbiology Society and Adamas University. The event was for and by the Microbiology Society Champions who came together from different parts of the world to talk about their research and celebrate “International Micro-organism Day” on 17 September 2021.
     

  • Sequencing in West Africa: 75 researchers strengthened through the first edition of 'Microbes Minutes'

    October 7, 2021

    Despite recent sequencing technologies, West Africa seems to be lagging behind the rest of the world. Sequencing platforms are not abundant, and capacity building is necessary. To fill this gap, the Beninese team of the SEBA project ‘Strengthening expertise and bioinformatics to control antimicrobial resistance in West Africa,’ collaborated with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Microbiology Society to organise the first edition of the ‘Microbes Minutes’ initiative. 75 researchers from Benin, Chad, Nigeria, Russia, Denmark and Burkina Faso attended the first session.

  • ECM Forum Summer Conference 2021 – a view from Twitter

    October 6, 2021

    On 28–29 September 2021, the Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum hosted its flagship Summer Conference dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking. Here, we look back on the two-day online event with a view from Twitter.

  • Avian Infectious Diseases 2021 – a view from Twitter

    September 23, 2021

    The Microbiology Society’s third Focused Meeting of the year, Avian Infectious Diseases 2021, took place digitally on 15–17 September 2021. The aim of the event was to bring together the scientific community to help find solutions to the biggest challenges in avian infectious diseases and provide a forum for discussion not only on individual pathogens, but also on cross-cutting areas of relevance to multiple infections. Here, we look back on the three-day event with a view from Twitter.

  • Microbiology Editor’s choice: Bacteria can simultaneously express multiple capsules

    September 22, 2021

    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 ‘Phase-variable bacteria simultaneously express multiple capsules’ and was chosen by Professor Gail Preston. 

  • New microbes discovered in a bats, humans and a marine invertebrate

    September 16, 2021

    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.  

  • Editor’s Choice: How Shigella hijacks the lysosome

    September 15, 2021

    In this blog, Dr Ryan Hunter discusses ‘Shigella escapes lysosomal degradation through inactivation of Rab31 by IpaH4.5’ which he selected as Editor’s Choice in the Journal of Medical Microbiology after its publication in July.