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Microbe Talk
Category: Natural Sciences
Location: London, UK
Microbe Talk is a podcast from the Microbiology Society, interviewing researchers about bacteria, viruses and parasites. We are the largest microbiology society in Europe, covering all aspects of microbial science.
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February 28, 2020 03:28 AM PST

MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As well as discussing microbiology news stories, which include protecting coral reefs from climate change, new antibiotics and radiation-eating fungi; this month Laura and Matt give an update on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below:

Scientists find huge bacteriophage: www.futurity.org/phages-microbiomes-2283062/
Invasive ants found to contain seasonal viruses: phys.org/news/2020-02-invasiv…easonal-viruses.html
Fungi that ‘eats’ radiation: www.express.co.uk/news/science/123…ar-reactor-fungi
Researchers decode how malaria parasite reproduces: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0211121500.htm
New group of antibiotics that fight bacteria in a unique way: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0212131523.htm
How do algal communities within corals help them tolerate stress?: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/…0212150129.htm
Coronavirus outbreak: Expert comment from our members: microbiologysociety.org/news/society-…-members.html

February 14, 2020 04:27 AM PST

Protists are an extremely important part of many ecosystems, but people don't often consider their significance and the biodiversity they represent. In this episode of the podcast, Laura speaks with Professor Genoveva Esteban who is based at Bournemouth University, UK. Genoveva's research focuses on the biodiversity of aquatic systems in the UK, particularly at a microbial level.

January 31, 2020 04:02 AM PST

MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As well as discussing microbiology news stories, which include chronic wasting disease, 3D printing and ancient fungi; this month Matt and Laura give a timeline of Coronavirus.
Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below:
World’s oldest fungi found in fossils on.natgeo.com/36LLh1W
University of Sheffield scientists develop 3D parts that can fight bacteria bit.ly/2OdrYbs
First CWD-positive wild deer found in Marathon County bit.ly/3b1rgYu
Bacteria might get autoimmune diseases too bit.ly/37LLLq7
Coronavirus outbreak: expert comment from our members bit.ly/2RMYd3H

January 10, 2020 03:37 AM PST

For countries like Malaysia, Tanzania and the Philippines, seaweed agriculture is a major industry. However, these countries still see significant crop losses due to disease and pests. So what role does microbiology have in helping these countries’ growth in the industry?

On this month’s episode Matt visited London’s Natural History Museum to talk to Professor Juliet Brodie. Professor Brodie is a seaweed researcher working with GlobalSeaweedSTAR, a programme aiming to grow the research and innovation capabilities of developing countries engaged in seaweed farming.
To find out more about GlobalseaweedSTAR’s work, visit their website.
www.globalseaweed.org/

December 18, 2019 01:21 AM PST

This is a special Microbiology Today edition of Microbe Talk. The latest issue of the Society’s magazine, Microbiology Today, focuses on natural products and drug discovery. In this podcast we talk with two researchers about their work to find new antimicrobial compounds that could be used to form new treatments: Lorena T. Fernández-Martínez from Edge Hill University about her research on actinomycetes and Aled Roberts from Swansea University Medical School about his work on manuka honey.

Find out more about natural products and drug discovery in the November issue of Microbiology Today: https://microbiologysociety.org/microbiologytoday

December 12, 2019 04:00 PM PST

Anyone who’s been enjoying the sun on a nice summers evening knows the dreaded whine made by mosquitoes on the hunt for a meal. In recent years mosquitoes have been appearing in the news more and more due outbreaks of diseases such as dengue and zika. As if getting bitten by a mosquito wasn’t bad enough, if it is carrying the arbovirus, the saliva causing the annoying itchy bumps is actually helping the arbovirus infect you.

On this month’s episode, Matt talks to Daniella Lefteri, finalist of the 2019 Young Microbiologist of the Year. Daniella is researching the enhancing effect of this saliva and how it might be able to help in the growing arbovirus problem.

To find out more about Daniella and her research, read her interview with us on our blog: https://microbiologysociety.org/blog/meet-the-young-microbiologist-of-the-year-finalists-daniella-lefteri.html

November 28, 2019 04:00 PM PST

MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbiology has been in the news during the past month. In this episode, Matt and Laura discuss the differences in microbial diversity in rural and urban areas, climate change and its effect on otters and a piece of new research investigating how an emerging virus might affect frogs.
Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below:
Violet coral fungus seen in Wales https://bbc.in/35J9uWQ
Abundance of microbe diversity key to healthy coastal ecosystem https://bit.ly/2L37Nvl
Sea ice loss linked to spread of deadly virus https://bbc.in/2DrqggZ
Urban houses could have higher diversity of fungus than rural houses https://n.pr/2sr0dnR
‘Velcro’ style test could spot Alzheimer’s years before symptoms develop https://bit.ly/2rAaptA
New species of ranavirus threatens frogs https://bit.ly/2ORQrmf
Antibiotics price drop could reduce development of TB https://bit.ly/2qJRcG7

November 15, 2019 04:26 AM PST

This month on Microbe Talk is the third episode of Domino Effect, the podcast series where a Microbiology Society member is interviewed by another microbiologist who they have never met before. In this episode, Sarah Jones, PhD student in geomicrobiology at Birkbeck and UCL, is interviewed by Dr John Tregoning, Reader in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London.

October 31, 2019 08:15 AM PDT

In this episode, Laura and Matt discuss deadly fungi, the flu vaccine and how scientists are making carbon fibers out of algae.

Links to the news stories discussed during this episode can be found below:

Poison fire coral found in Australia: bit.ly/2Nogf8Q
Tsunamis linked to spread of deadly fungal disease: bbc.in/2oxacq0
Researchers turn algae into material as hard as steel: bit.ly/2r17EkX
Badger culls risk increased spread of bovine tuberculosis to cattle: bbc.in/2WAeN7t
Could green tea hold the solution to rising antimicrobial resistance? bit.ly/2PAKLPE
Flu vaccine offered to every primary school child in England: bit.ly/36oqQZV

October 18, 2019 06:26 AM PDT

In this month’s episode of the podcast, Laura speaks with two experts on the relationship with certain microbes and cancer: Professor Paul Farrell, of Imperial College London, and Dr Karen Robinson, from the University of Nottingham.

Paul Farrell: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/p.farrell
Karen Robinson: https://nddcbru.org.uk/team/dr-karen-robinson

Find out more about the relationship between Epstein-Barr Virus and Cancer in Paul’s review: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-pathmechdis-012418-013023?journalCode=pathmechdis

Research in the Journal of Medical Microbiology investigated how the gut microbiota could be used to predict whether you are likely to develop cancer: https://doi.org/10.1099/jmm.0.001049

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