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Using bacteria to make self-healing concrete

Concrete is the most commonly used construction material on earth. It’s made from mixing cement, sand, stone and water, and is used in everything from roads and buildings to bridges and sewers. 213 more words

Microbiology

Zoo animals need ‘good’ bacteria, just like us

Carpenters work with wood, artists with paint, but what if the main material in your job was monkey poo? That’s the reality for Dr Suparna Mitra who presented her research on the gut microbiome of zoo animals earlier this week at the Annual Conference. 699 more words

Environmental Microbiology

Reservoirs of resistance

When we think about the spread of antibiotic resistance, many of us think of a clinical setting, with its associated hospital-acquired infections, or inappropriate use of drugs. 587 more words

Clinical & Medical Microbiology

What gives wine its taste? (We heard it's on the grapevine...)

Wine connoisseurs, or oenophiles, possess a seemingly endless vocabulary for describing their tipples of choice. To the uninitiated, it may sound like they are describing an entire gourmet meal, or even a good friend, but this is not just make-believe: those in the know can sometimes pinpoint not just the country or region a wine came from, but the exact vineyard. 764 more words

Environmental Microbiology

Pathways of resistance: from mercury to methicillin

In a climate of rising fear over the diminishing efficacy of antibiotics, microbiologists from the Universities of Nottingham and East Anglia have looked back at the bacteria-killing substances of the pre-antibiotic era: metals. 736 more words

Clinical & Medical Microbiology

To the batcave! Scientists hunting white-nose syndrome clues discover new bacteria

Researchers from the Czech Republic recently had a lucky break when they discovered not one but two new species of bacteria in bats that were emerging from hibernation in the Jeseníky Mountains in the north of the country. 669 more words

Environmental Microbiology

The top saline lake research of 2014

The year 2014 was the specific year for saline lake research. First of all, because it was the year of triennial International Conference on Salt Lake Research. 1,542 more words

Salt Lake Research