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Paper Out: Kin discrimination promotes horizontal gene transfer between unrelated strains in Bacillus subtilis

Although this blog has entered a period of dormancy (and I have moved to twitter), I willkeep adding brief posts about new papers. This was a study led by Polonca Stefanic and Ines Mandic-Mulec at the University of Ljubljana that … Continue reading

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Breaking (ahem): I have f i n a l l y joined twitter. Although some of my misgivings about this medium were rapidly confirmed, I hope it will be a useful tool to keep abreast of new findings and also … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Does Diversity Beget Diversity in Microbiomes?

A collaboration I was lucky to be involved in led by Jesse Shapiro and PhD student Naima Madi (University of Montreal, although Jesse has now moved across the road to McGill) and with Carmen Lia Murall and Pierre Legendre has … Continue reading

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Paper Out: The evolution of bacterial pathogens in the Anthropocene

A review paper I wrote just came out in Infection Genetics and Evolution. Inspired by my undergraduate teaching on environment and human health, and an interesting FEMS symposium last year, I chose to explore the relationship between environmental degradation and … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Determining the prevalence, identity and possible origin of bacterial pathogens in soil

I am pleased to have an Open Access paper out in Environmental Microbiology with visiting MSc student Jacopo Ferraresso, MbyREs student Benedict Lawson (shared first authors), Sion Bayliss and Sam Sheppard from the University of Bath, Barbara Cardazzo from the … Continue reading

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Paper out: Zinc can counteract selection for ciprofloxacin resistance

Pleased to have a paper (open Access) out with collaborators Uli Klumper, Elze Hesse and Will Gaze and former MSc students Louise Sibleyras and Lai Ka Lo (see Lai Ka in this old post). I cannot really say it better … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Heavy metal pollution and co-selection for antibiotic resistance: A microbial palaeontology approach

A paper that was a long time in the making came out last week. Lead author Andy Dickinson (since moved for a PhD in astrobiology in Edinburgh) did a Masters by Research project with Britt Koskella (since moved to Berkeley) … Continue reading

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Sexual Selection in Bacteria?

The paper “Sexual selection in Bacteria?” with Angus Buckling and Bram Kuijper has now been published in Trends in Microbiology. This was a tough, but ultimately very rewarding paper to write. I knew a bit about sexual selection, but must … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Triclosan Alters Microbial Communities in Freshwater Microcosms

I wrote four (!) years back on the blog about my visit to collaborator Gabriel Perron at Bard College. From this visit stems a paper that was just published in the journal Water on the effects of the antimicrobial triclosan … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Transposon mutagenesis in Pseudomonas fluorescens reveals genes involved in blue pigment production and antioxidant protection

Nadia Andreani, who visited the lab in 2105 (wow, time flies) and now is at the University of Lincolnnow is at the University of Lincoln has just published a paper on work she did here on blue, food-spoiling Pseudomonas. Colleague … Continue reading

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