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12 minutes | 6 days ago
Episode 111: MicroNews November
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbes and microbiology have been in the news over the last month. Listen to Matt and Laura discussing the microbes in your bed, the researchers using pig lungs to learn about cystic fibrosis and the antibiotic that could be used to treat Zika. Bed dust microorganisms may boost children's health, study suggests Understanding lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis Check out the research article in Microbiology and our video about the pig lung research model. Commonly used antibiotic shows promise for combating Zika infections COVID-19 vaccines: when will one be ready? Potential treatment against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing gonorrhoea and meningitis Asteroid-munching microbes could mine materials from space rocks
8 minutes | a month ago
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbes and microbiology have been in the news over the last month. Listen to Matt and Laura discussing how microbiologists are tackling the amount of plastic waste used in laboratories, ash dieback and a COVID-19 story that Matt just couldn’t resist talking about. This month's stories: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201016164320.htm https://microbiologysociety.org/news/press-releases/does-science-have-a-plastic-problem-microbiologists-take-steps-to-reducing-plastic-waste.html https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/14/tardigrades-latest-superpower-a-fluorescent-protective-shield https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54373214 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/25/any-breed-could-do-it-dogs-might-be-covid-testers-best-friend
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Microbiology Today: Winners of the Fleming Prize
In this Microbiology Today episode of Microbe Talk, Laura revisits interviews with some of the Microbiology Society’s Fleming Prize winners. The Microbiology Society's Fleming Prize is awarded each year to an early career researcher who has achieved an outstanding research record within 12 years of being awarded their PhD. As part of our 75th Anniversary celebrations, the Microbiology Society planned the Fleming Showcase to celebrate the legacy of past Fleming Prize winners and to examine some of the most exciting science from around the globe. Hear from some other Fleming Prize winners in October’s issue of Microbiology Today. Watch the film with Professors Tracy Palmer, David Richardson and Peter Fineran: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imx26YF-R30&feature=emb_title
12 minutes | 2 months ago
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As COVID-19 is taking over the news elsewhere, we decided to focus on other stories from the microbial world, including a surge in plankton in the Arctic, using fungus to produce handbags and the microbiology behind June's mass elephant die-off. Flu jabs limited due to high demand: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54273172 To find out more, check out the Flu Review episode: microbiologysociety.org/blog/microbe-…u-review.html of Microbe Talk. A massive surge in phytoplankton has researchers pondering the future of the Arctic: www.nrdc.org/stories/massive-su…ring-future-arctic Phages: the tiny viruses that could help beat superbugs: www.theguardian.com/global-developm…-beat-superbugs Is there life floating in the clouds of Venus?: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54133538 That mushroom motorcycle jacket will never go out of style: www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/scienc…email&login=email Mystery elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54234396
13 minutes | 3 months ago
A new age for conferences?
The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed how we live and work. For scientists, this means that for the time being conferences have had to change. At the Microbiology Society, we recently held an online conference for early career microbiologists. In this month’s episode, Matt talks to Meaghan Castledine, a PhD student who spoke at the conference. They discuss how she got into microbiology, what it was like presenting at an online conference, and where her research is going next. To find more about the Early Career Microbiologist’s Forum visit our website or LinkedIn page. www.microbiologysociety.org/why-microbiology-matters/early-career-microbiologists-forum.html www.linkedin.com/company/microbiology-society/
10 minutes | 3 months ago
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As COVID-19 is taking over the news elsewhere, we decided to focus on other stories from the microbial world, including how insect wings are inspiring new ways to fight superbugs, an extreme fungus that could protect astronauts from deadly radiation and the huge plankton bloom off the UK coast that can be seen from space. Acute oak decline - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8642473/Gangrene-like-disease-plaguing-English-oak-trees-caused-bacteria-beetles.html Insect wings inspire new ways to fight superbugs - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200818103841.htm Why doesn't Ebola cause disease in bats, as it does in people? - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200818142147.htm Extreme Chernobyl fungus could protect astronauts from deadly radiation - https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/07/extreme-chernobyl-fungus-could-protect-astronauts-from-deadly-radiation/ In space, bacteria is even more deadly and resilient to antibiotics - https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2020/08/09/in-space-bacteria-is-even-more-deadly-and-resilient-to-antibiotics/ Huge plankton bloom off UK coast visible from space - https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-08-19/Huge-plankton-bloom-off-UK-coast-visible-from-space--T2oNj5LZLO/index.html
20 minutes | 3 months ago
SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19 research in the UK
Last month, on 29 July, the Microbiology Society hosted a one day online workshop to support ongoing and future research around the pandemic. It was a fantastic event, headed by an organising committee of Professor Peter O’Hare, Professor Mark Harris, Professor Paul Kellam, Dr Steve Griffin and Dr Lindsay Broadbent. In this episode, Laura speaks with Lindsay, Steve and Peter about the day and how, going forward, we hope to continue to support the microbiology community in tackling the pandemic. See our website for the the full programme of the event and check out the blog for what delegates were saying about the workshop on Twitter.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As COVID-19 is taking over the news elsewhere, we decided to focus on other stories from the microbial world, including parasitic fungi with behaviour-changing effects, medieval medicines and the smell of sweat. Return of the zombie cicadas: manipulative qualities of fungal-infected flyers: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200727145424.htm Caterpillar fungus on brink of extinction: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/09/caterpillar-fungus-and-european-hamster-on-brink-of-extinction Medieval medicine remedy could provide new treatment for modern day infections: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200728113545.htm Turmeric could have antiviral properties: https://microbiologysociety.org/news/press-releases/turmeric-could-have-antiviral-properties.html Deep sea microbes dormant for 100 million years are hungry and ready to multiply: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200728113533.htm The biological mechanism behind body odour: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gene-scientists-on-scent-of-an-end-to-body-odour-hcmszcrl8
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Microbial genomics amidst the Arctic crisis
On this month’s Microbe Talk, Matt talks to Dr Arwyn Edwards; an Arctic microbiologist based at Aberystwyth University. Dr Edwards recently published a paper in Microbial Genomics entitled ‘Microbial genomics amidst the Arctic crisis’. Dr Edwards and Matt discuss the paper, the challenges of working in the Arctic and how Arctic microbial research is changing To read the article visit: www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/mgen/10.1099/mgen.0.000375
19 minutes | 5 months ago
A sustainable future and a circular economy
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, Eva speaks with Professor Alison Smith Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge and Emilia Wojcik, PhD student at the University of Manchester to find out how their research contributes to moving towards a circular economy as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
11 minutes | 5 months ago
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As COVID-19 is taking over the news elsewhere, we decided to focus on other stories from the microbial world, including the effect of e-cigarettes on the microbiome, the disease decimating bananas and an incredible discovery inside a fungus. The National Centre for Type Cultures - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/science/bacteria-library-nctc.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesscience What if all viruses disappeared? - https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200617-what-if-all-viruses-disappeared?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter Panama disease - https://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food-test/the-pandemic-threatening-bananas.html E-cigarettes and the microbiome - https://theconversation.com/e-cigarettes-found-to-cause-change-in-mouth-bacteria-which-could-lead-to-gum-disease-or-oral-cancer-140579 New bacteria found in fungus - http://astrobiology.com/2020/06/nasa-discovers-two-new-types-of-bacterial-life-inside-a-fungus-on-earth.html The oral microbiome and heart disease - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200623100126.htm
23 minutes | 6 months ago
A sustainable future and antimicrobial resistance
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, Emily speaks with Professor Laura Piddock from the University of Birmingham, who is currently on secondment as the Director of Scientific Affairs, Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership. In the second half of the episode, Emily speaks with Dr Anne Leonard, research fellow at the University of Exeter. Listen to the episode to find out how research into antimicrobial resistance fits into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
10 minutes | 6 months ago
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. Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below: Coral bleaching: scientists 'find way to make coral more heat-resistant': www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-austral…63C&at_campaign=64 Pollution affects underground microbial communities: phys.org/news/2020-05-human-d…ent-underground.html How to improve the pneumococcus vaccine: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0519090310.htm New species of fungus discovered through Twitter: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/art…ed-TWITTER.html Bumble bee disease, reproduction shaped by flowering strip plants: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0511154852.htm Immunity to coronaviruses: what do we know so far?: microbiologysociety.org/news/press-re…w-so-far.html (Read the full review in the Journal of General Virology: www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/jo…v.0.001439)
27 minutes | 6 months ago
A sustainable future in soil health
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). Visit the 'A Sustainable Future' project webpage and find out more about how microbiology can be used to improve soil health.
10 minutes | 7 months ago
As COVID-19 is taking over the news elsewhere, we decided to focus on other stories from the microbial world, including developing a vaccine for malaria, breakthroughs in protist genomics and using bacteria to help plants grow in salty soil. Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below: Research reveals a new malaria vaccine candidate: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0422132930.htm Recently-discovered bacteria could be used as a biopesticide: phys.org/news/2020-04-bioinse…ented-bacterium.html Scientists use bacteria to help plants grow in salty soil: www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/20…b-sub042320.php Devloping genetic tools to understand protist DNA: www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/ne…pic-marine-life The effect of urbanisation on infectious disease outbreaks: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0421112557.htm How do Streptomyces attract insects?: www.newscientist.com/article/223985…invertebrates/
14 minutes | 7 months ago
Could snake venom contain antibiotics?
Laura speaks with Alice Fraser from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Alice is part of a research team looking for new antibiotics in unexpected places. Listen to the episode to find out about her research searching for antibiotic proteins in snake venoms and find out what Alice has found so far. Music: Jason Shaw CC.BY 3.0
9 minutes | 8 months ago
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As COVID-19 is taking over the news elsewhere, we decided to focus on other stories from the microbial world, including the microbiome of turtles, how bacteria are being used to clean groundwater and a new way to tackle Candida auris. Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below: Bacteria capable of breaking down hard-to-recycle plastics: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8157161/Polyurethane-eating-microbe-answer-plastic-pollution.html Improving cleanup of contaminated groundwater: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200325212201.htm Fighting cancer with fungi: https://www.genengnews.com/topics/bioprocessing/fighting-cancer-with-fungi/ Scientists find new compound that kills Candida auris: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200325154054.htm What can be learned from the microbes on a turtle’s shell?: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200326144423.htm Hantavirus – no need to worry: https://www.newsweek.com/hantavirus-death-china-coronavirus-outbreak-1494099
10 minutes | 8 months ago
This month on Microbe Talk, Laura speaks with Haoxiang Wu, PhD student at Hong Kong Baptist University. In some tropical climates, mould growth is managed by near-constant use of dehumidifiers or air conditioners, which has a great environmental impact. Haoxiang’s research involves using fluid dynamics to control indoor mould growth in a sustainable way. Read the following articles to find out more about Haoxiang’s research: Environmental sustainability and mould hygiene in buildings, International Journal of Environmental and Public Health Current challenges for shaping the sustainable and mould-free hygienic indoor environment in humid regions, Letters in Applied Microbiology The role of oxidative stress in the growth of the indoor mould Cladosporium cladosporioides under water dynamics, Indoor air You can get in touch with Haoxiang at email@example.com
14 minutes | 9 months ago
MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As well as discussing microbiology news stories, which include protecting coral reefs from climate change, new antibiotics and radiation-eating fungi; this month Laura and Matt give an update on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below: Scientists find huge bacteriophage: www.futurity.org/phages-microbiomes-2283062/ Invasive ants found to contain seasonal viruses: phys.org/news/2020-02-invasiv…easonal-viruses.html Fungi that ‘eats’ radiation: www.express.co.uk/news/science/123…ar-reactor-fungi Researchers decode how malaria parasite reproduces: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0211121500.htm New group of antibiotics that fight bacteria in a unique way: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0212131523.htm How do algal communities within corals help them tolerate stress?: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0212150129.htm Coronavirus outbreak: Expert comment from our members: microbiologysociety.org/news/society-…-members.html
15 minutes | 10 months ago
The ecological role of protists
Protists are an extremely important part of many ecosystems, but people don't often consider their significance and the biodiversity they represent. In this episode of the podcast, Laura speaks with Professor Genoveva Esteban who is based at Bournemouth University, UK. Genoveva's research focuses on the biodiversity of aquatic systems in the UK, particularly at a microbial level.
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