Category Archives: Microbial Evolution and Diversity

Streptomyces – Nature’s Solution to AMR

Antibiotics were one of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century. Before their discovery, infections of even small cuts had the potential to be fatal. What started with Fleming’s discovery of Penicillin in 1928 led to the development of … Continue reading

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Could household insects be carrying dangerous bacteria?

We all have insects in our homes, be it spiders, flies or bed-bugs. Their presence, although sometimes annoying, is not seen as anything sinister. But what bacteria could the creepy crawlies hiding under the sofa be carrying?  Federica Boiocchi is … Continue reading

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Dr Naji Bassil: Life at the Extremes

Microbes can colonise and transform environments that are considered harsh for humans. This was demonstrated by a team from the University of Manchester’s geomicrobiology group at Bluedot festival in their stall ‘Life at the Extremes’. This music festival, held at … Continue reading

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Testate amoebae: using microbes to understand the past

Next month, the Microbiology Society will host the 9th International Symposium on Testate Amoebae (ISTA9) in Belfast. What are testate amoebae, and how are scientists using them to determine what the landscape looked like thousands of years ago? Testate amoebae … Continue reading

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Uncovering the fungal pangenome

This June, Charley McCarthy presented his poster ‘The pangenome of Aspergillus fumigatus’  at the Early Career Microbiologists Summer Conference in Birmingham. Charley is in the third year of his PhD at Maynooth University, supervised by Dr David Fitzpatrick. For those … Continue reading

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Call to action against antimicrobial resistance

Professor Jodi Lindsay, Council member of the Society, Chair of the Publishing committee gave us her insight into why antimicrobial resistance is important. In the below video, Jodi explains how the Microbiology Society is providing a platform for cross-disciplinary scientists … Continue reading

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Déjà flu: can science help the NHS cope with the annual burden of respiratory infections?

Last winter’s flu season was widely covered as having put huge pressure on the NHS, with reports the NHS is being thrown into ‘crisis’. What went wrong? And how can the NHS be supported in the future? At the Microbiology … Continue reading

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Pioneer fungi start degrading dead wood before it hits the ground

Next time you go walking in a forest during the summer months, take a look up and see if you can spot any branches missing their leaves. It might not seem obvious at first, but you’re looking at a poorly … Continue reading

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Studying microbes in space

A new microbe has been discovered on the International Space Station. The species, Solibacillus kalamii, was isolated from an air filter on board the station, and is described in the Microbiology Society’s journal, IJSEM. In space, no one can hear … Continue reading

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Bacterial freeloaders: An unexpected mechanism of resistance

Bacteria are very good at evolving resistance to our drugs. Once all-powerful wonder-cures, antibiotics are steadily becoming less effective. If antibiotic resistance continues to spread, reports suggest that by 2050, 10 million people could die every year from infections we … Continue reading

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