9th International Symposium on Testate Amoebae – a view from Twitter

The 9th International Symposium on Testate Amoebae Focused Meeting took place at Riddel Hall, Belfast, UK, between 10–14 September. We’ve turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the meeting. 

Andrew Macumber from the organising committee wished the delegates welcome on Twitter.

The team at Riddel Hall shared some photos of the venue.

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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 a PhD student at Aston University in Birmingham. At the Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Summer Conference which took place in June, Federica won the poster competition with her poster ‘Microbiological analysis of flying insects collected in the hospital environment and antibiotic resistance profiles of isolated bacterial strains.’ Here, she discusses her research in greater detail, and what the she has learned so far during her PhD: 

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Usually people tend to keep a distance from insects, creepy crawlies and bacteria, but this is what my PhD is about…bugs and bugs! And I couldn’t love it more.

My PhD project concerns household arthropods and their bacterial community. Arthropods include insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes and crustaceans, and even if it can seem unexpected, all of these animals can be found inside our homes! We still know very little about arthropods that live indoors.

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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 the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, celebrates science, art and culture. This year, Bluedot was held between 19 and 22 July.

Visitors to the ‘Life at the Extremes’ stall were amazed by the range of environments where microbes have been found, and the diversity of microorganisms in many environments that are considered hostile for life on Earth. For example, Thermus aquaticus was isolated from the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, where the temperature ranges between 50 and 80oC, while Bacillus arseniciselenatis was isolated from Mono Lake in California that shows high pH, salinity and high concentrations of arsenic.

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The stall had a variety of activities to appeal to a range of visitors

 


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Society Showcase, AGM and Young Microbiologist of the Year competition – a view from Twitter

The Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year competition took place on 6 September during the Society Showcase and AGM. We’ve turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the day.

The day started with a networking session for the Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum, followed by the Society Showcase where three great speakers shared what they wish they had known when starting their careers in microbiology.

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Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses – a view from Twitter

The Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses Focused Meeting took place at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, UK, between 3–4 September. We’ve turned to Twitter to look at some of the highlights of the meeting. 

This year the timing of the meeting was designed to line up with Avian Immunology Research Group.

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New microbes isolated from coconut milk, apples and air

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 a few of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been found.

A new species of fungus has been found in Tunisia. The fungus, which researchers named Penicillium tunisiense, was found on an apple purchased at a public market. Fungi in the family Penicillium can cause fruit to rot and, if consumed, may be harmful.

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Peer review week

As publishers, learned professions and universities celebrate Peer Review Week, we look at why peer review is important to the Microbiology Society, what our authors and reviewers say about our peer review process, and what we are doing to recognise our reviewers.

Peer review at the Microbiology Society

We believe that peer review plays an essential role in maintaining scientific quality.

All articles submitted to Society journals are subject to a rigorous peer review process. We operate a single-blind review process, in which referees know the identity of the authors but authors do not know the identity of the referees. We are also a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and promote the COPE International Standards for responsible research publication for authors and Editors.

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So, why are we telling you this?

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Young Microbiologist of the Year Finalists: Katherine Dadswell

The Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Prize is awarded by the society each year. The prize recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society Member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.

Two finalists are shortlisted from each of the Society’s divisions based on a presentation given the Microbiology Society Annual Conference or Irish meetings. The eight young scientists in this shortlist will give a 15-minute presentation at the Microbiology Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 6.

In the run up to the AGM, we will be getting to know this year’s finalists:

Irish Division Finalist: Katherine Dadswell

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Young Microbiologist of the Year Finalists: Paula Seoane

The Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Prize is awarded by the society each year. The prize recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society Member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.

Two finalists are shortlisted from each of the Society’s divisions based on a presentation given the Microbiology Society Annual Conference or Irish meetings. The eight young scientists in this shortlist will give a 15-minute presentation at the Microbiology Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 6.

In the run up to the AGM, we will be getting to know this year’s finalists:

Eukaryotic Division Finalist: Paula Seoane

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Young Microbiologist of the Year Finalists: Stephen Dolan

The Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Prize is awarded by the society each year. The prize recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society Member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.

Two finalists are shortlisted from each of the Society’s divisions based on a presentation given the Microbiology Society Annual Conference or Irish meetings. The eight young scientists in this shortlist will give a 15-minute presentation at the Microbiology Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 6.

In the run up to the AGM, we will be getting to know this year’s finalists:

Prokaryotic Division Finalist: Stephen Dolan

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