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Reinventing a bacterial biopesticide: an old microbe with a fresh new look

In the 1980s it was discovered that some relatives of the bacterium Burkholderia cepacia (formerly Pseudomonas cepacia) were able to form close relationships with plant roots, and also make a range of antimicrobials capable of killing plant pathogens. Several US pesticide companies exploited this bacterium... click to read more

  • Alex J. Mullins | PhD student at Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics Group, Organisms and Environment Division, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Views 1853
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 24, 2019
The antibacterial life of abandoned mines

The rapid worldwide rise in bacterial resistance to existing commercial antibiotics is a looming health crisis. Indeed, by the middle of the century, some predictions suggest that more people will die from bacterial infections than from cancer. There is a clear demand for new and... click to read more

  • Gerusa Senhorinho | Senior Research Scientist at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
  • John Ashley Scott | Professor at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 9, 2019
Insect microbiomes – a new hope against antimicrobial resistance?

Nowadays, more and more antibiotics (also referred to as antimicrobial drugs) are becoming ineffective to fight against bad bacteria and fungi because these organisms are capable of rapidly developing resistance to those compounds. These resistances arise due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. In... click to read more

  • Fabio Palmieri | PhD student at University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2019
Mussel powder engineered to kill pathogens

Hydrogen peroxide is a commonly used disinfectant. A typical household may have a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution for disinfecting minor cuts and scrapes. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide is also used in municipal wastewater and drinking water treatments, in petrochemical refinery applications, and in bleaching... click to read more

  • Bruce P. Lee | Professor at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA
Views 2577
Reading time 3 min
published on May 24, 2019