Another step forward in the future of anti-microbials

Title: PLoS ONE: Antifungal Activity of Microbial Secondary Metabolites “Secondary metabolites are well known for their ability to impede other microorganisms. Reanalysis of a screen of natural products using the Caenorhabditis elegans-Candida albicans infection model identified twelve microbial secondary metabolites capable of conferring an increase in survival to infected nematodes.” I keep thinking of the […]

Impact of Endofungal Bacteria on Infection Biology, Food Safety, and Drug Development: PLoS Pathogens

“The filamentous mould Rhizopus microsporus is a member of the zygomycetes (lower fungi). While some strains serve as food fermenting fungi, others represent infamous plant pathogens and opportunistic human pathogens. Recently, it was shown that some strains of R. microsporus are associated with symbiotic bacteria. Here, we outline why these organisms are important for human […]

Microbiopolitics and the Post-Pasteurian Age

Cross posted from my new fledgling blog Practical Microbes I can’t believe that I haven’t written about this amazing paper from MIT anthropologist, Heather Paxson. Heather has been doing research into the culture, business, and politics around cheese. In this paper (link below), she talks about the politics around cheese made from raw milk. Raw […]