Author Archives: An Bollenessor

visit to the StrAda lab at the University of Nancy

Last week I visited the ‘StrAda’ (Streptomyces Adaptation) lab of Pierre Leblond at the University of Nancy in France. Pierre and his colleagues, including Cyril Bontemps, have been isolating and genome-sequencing Streptomyces from very fine spatial scales which formed the … Continue reading

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Pipelines for bacterial evolutionary genomic analysis meeting in Bath

I attended a small, but very nice meeting last week at the University of Bath. The topic was the development of software to measure all important parameters in bacterial population genomics datasets. It was organized by Daniel Falush, who is … Continue reading

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I recently had a paper accepted and therefore dutifully registered it on the University’s Symplectic database. This forms a repository for all the publications generated by the university, which is of course a vital tool for summarizing research output (for … Continue reading

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Paper Out: The Ecological Role of Volatile and Soluble Secondary Metabolites Produced by Soil Bacteria

First of all a very happy 2017 to all readers. It will be my new year’s resolution to update the blog more frequently (for instance, I have not blogged about really interesting visits to Prof Haiwei Luo in Hong Kong, … Continue reading

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Living with Environmental Change 2016/2017

I am reaching the end of the semester teaching the module ‘Living with Environmental Change’ together with Professor Lora Fleming. (I have written four blog posts I, II, III and IV last year about the first time we ran this … Continue reading

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Paper out: No effect of natural transformation on the evolution of resistance to bacteriophages in the Acinetobacter baylyi model system

A long time coming, but the results obtained in NERC-funded research on evolutionary benefits (or lack thereof) of bacterial transformation have now been published. The work was carried out mainly by research tech Amy McLeman, who has since started her … Continue reading

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PhD opportunity: the role of natural antimicrobials in selection for antibiotic resistance

The NERC GW4 Universities Doctoral Training Program is currently advertising PhD projects. This is a slightly complicated process, but basically comes down to prospective students picking a project offered by scientists working at participating universities and institutions and applying to … Continue reading

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