Category Archives: paper out!

Paper Out: Patterns of cross‐resistance and collateral sensitivity between clinical antibiotics and natural antimicrobials

Although having previously mainly worked in soil- and evolutionary microbiology and currently working in a Medical School, I started out as a marine biologist. After my move to Cornwall my love for the marine environment was rekindled by exploring some … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Using the wax moth larva Galleria mellonella infection model to detect emerging bacterial pathogens

A good start of the year by having a paper published. I blogged about the bioarxiv* version a while back so will keep it short this time: we injected environmental (water and sediment) samples in the Galleria caterpillar and, where … Continue reading

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Paper out: Staphylococcus cornubiensis sp. nov., a new member of the Staphylococcus intermedius Group (SIG)

My colleagues Aimee Murray, Lihong Zhang and Will Gaze and I have an ongoing collaboration with colleagues from the Royal Cornwall Hospital John Lee and Richard Bendall on the detection of ‘Staphylococcus intermedius Group’ (SIG) in human infections. These bugs … Continue reading

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Paper out: Are pangenomes adaptive or not?

I have been interested in bacterial pan genomes for some time: apart from acquiring mutations in genes shared between strains, bacteria are able to pick up genes (via several Lateral Gene Transfer processes), duplicate genes and also lose genes. These … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Prokaryote genome fluidity is dependent on effective population size

Last year, I had the pleasure to host (now Dr.) Nadia Andreani from the University of Padua in Italy for a six-month visit in 2015. She did lab work on blue, food-spoiling Pseudomonas but we also did a population genomics … 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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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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