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Microbe Talk Extra: Killer Fungus

Fungal diseases cause an estimated 1.5 million deaths each year – more than malaria.  Despite this, fungi are often overlooked compared to other pathogens like bacteria and viruses. In this extra edition of the podcast, we sent Anand Jagatia along … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: October 2015

This month’s podcast is all about microbes in remote and hostile environments. Ben spoke to Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist from the University of Leicester, about NASA’s recent announcement that there is liquid water on Mars. Lewis told us more about … Continue reading

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Fungal spores: the root of rain?

There’s a branch of chaos theory suggesting that the minute air movements caused by a butterfly flapping its wings could ultimately cause a distant hurricane. Yesterday, at the International Meeting on The Invasive Fungus, Professor Nik Money, from Miami University, … Continue reading

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UK Fungus Day 2014

12 October is UK Fungus Day, held by the British Mycological Society to showcase the diversity and usefulness of fungi, and the benefits of mycology (the study of fungi). Continue reading

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Subduing the Hive Mind: An enemy’s enemy could become an unlikely friend

Leafcutter ants form some of the biggest, most remarkable animal societies on Earth, living in sprawling colonies of up to 8 million individuals. These ants harvest more greenery in South American rainforests than any other animal, consuming almost 20% of … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk Extra: Robin May

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Microbe Talk Extra: Ted White

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Boosting stress tolerance in yeast

Post by Jana Hiltner, University of Strathclyde Japanese researchers have discovered that transferring a stress protein from the salt-tolerant plant Suaeda japonica into yeast makes it more tolerant towards stresses such as heat, cold, high salinity, extreme pH and hydrogen … Continue reading

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Fighting infectious fungi with vaccines

Post by Rebecca Way, University of Aberdeen With antifungal treatments failing due to increasing resistance to antimicrobials, fungal infections are emerging as a silent killer in the healthcare setting. Scientists are researching strategies to overcome this problem and are trying … Continue reading

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