Category Archives: cool science

Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs

Last night the documentary “Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs aired on BBC4 (still available for a month on iPlayer for people in the UK). Anne Leonard, PhD and now postdoc with Will Gaze, is featured with her ‘Beach Bum‘ study … Continue reading

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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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Altmetrics

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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Visit to the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen

Last week I visited past colleague and collaborator Paolina Garbeva at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology NIOO in Wageningen where I worked as a postdoc between 2009 and 2011. Paolina is an expert in the secondary metabolites (especially the volatile … Continue reading

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